Tonight, Jay Saunders and Maidstone United announced the signing of thirty-one-year-old central defender Magnus Okuonghae who arrives from Dagenham and Redbridge.
The signing is a signal of intent as Maidstone United bid to stay in the National League. Competition within the squad in all positions will bring out the best in every player. Each of the centre back contenders should consider it a challenge.
Magnus Okuonghae will add valuable experience to the squad at a time when it is undoubtedly required.
Ex Colchester United Magnus Okuonghae has played one hundred and ninety-six games for the U’s between 2009 -2015 before moving to Dagenham and Redbridge on a free transfer.
Okuonghae has only played three games this season with the Daggers and first team football is thought to be the reason for his move.
With thirteen games remaining valuable clean sheets will be needed to reduce Maidstone’s goal difference which become important at the end of the season.
Jay Saunders now has five centre backs available to him until the end of the season, Kevin Lokko, Jamie Coyle, Anthony Acheampong, Jake McCarthy on loan from AFC Bournemouth until the end of the season and now permanent signing Magnus Okuonghae.
The signing is a shrewd one from Jay Saunders, Magnus Okuonghae is a leader with experience, with Jake McCarthy only on loan it is a signal that Jay appreciates a permanent defensive signing is needed.
Magnus Okuonghae will have met the rest of the squad in training tonight but will need to blend with the squad quickly. The question is will he feature against Braintree in the National League contest this weekend?
Kevin Lokko who was immense last Saturday, Jamie Coyle, Anthony Acheampong and Jake McCarthy will certainly be working hard in training this week to stake their claims to a first team place.
With four points from the last two games the Stones will be looking to keep the unbeaten run going and the defensive pairing Jay Saunders picks this Saturday will certainly have an impact upon that result.