Wednesday 13th July 2005

Keister appointed player-coach



Ryman Premier League side Margate have announced John Keister has just signed a deal to become player-coach, writes Stephen McCartney.

Keister is a Sierra Leone International, who has played over 12 games for his country, including two World Cup qualifying games against Nigeria and Morocco.

He joined Margate in March 2001, but suffered with a cruciate knee ligament injury and missed a large part of that season.

Keister normally plays in midfield, but occasionally as a striker, but played in defence in the club's 2-1 Kent Senior Cup final against Dover Athletic in May.

Keister has plied his trade at Tigres, Walsall, Chester City and Shrewsbury, making 124 league appearances before signing for Margate.

His manager, Chris Kinnear, told the club's website: "John brings with him a wealth of experience, including playing in the African Nations and as a Sierra Leone International.

"I hope John will now pass that experience on to the younger players in the squad."

Meanwhile, the club are now selling season tickets from their Hartsdown Park office.

Adult season tickets are £140, and concessions including senior citizens, under 18's and full-time students are priced at £90.