Tuesday 31st May 2005

Stones announce Celaire capture

MAIDSTONE UNITED have made further significant early summer moves in respect of player signings over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend, writes Stephen McCartney.

Adding to the previously announced signing of Mo Takaloghabashi from Kent League double winners Ramsgate, two further players of proven quality have joined Maidstone United.

Manager Lloyd Hume had recently promised the signing of a quality Kent League centre back and true to his word, he has been able to secure the signature of the highly impressive Mario Celaire from Beckenham Town.

Celaire is a highly mobile defender who, at over six feet tall, is strong in the air, has pace and is extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet.

He is equally at home as a defender or midfielder.  Celaire impressed with his all action performances against the Stones last season and will be a tremendous asset to the club on the field.

Also, joining the Stones is a left sided midfielder/defender of proven Football League quality.  Garry Kimble (who played once for the Stones in their Football League days) has signed from Tilbury.

Numbering Gillingham, Peterborough United, Doncaster Rovers, Cambridge United he moved into the non-league game with Sittingbourne, Bishop's Stortford, Harlow Town, Chelmsford City, Dagenham & Redbridge, Canvey Island, Purfleet, Welling United and Hornchurch.

Kimble, however, looks to rekindle his relationship with Hume and Alan Walker, whom he previously played with at both Sittingbourne and Gillingham.

Kimble told the club's website his biggest moment in the full-time game came with Peterborough United in a 1991 League Cup fixture at London Road against Liverpool.  Garrry scored the winning goal for the Posh in a massive giant killing upset. 

More recently, Kimble has taken the first tentative steps into management with a spell as player-manager at Tilbury.