U’s pull off transfer coup ahead of cup clash

Simon Johnson (left) in action during his Eastbourne Borough days
Simon Johnson (left) in action during his Eastbourne Borough days
  • Hastings United sign Simon Johnson from Maidstone United
  • Marquee signing for U’s ahead of today’s FA Cup clash
  • Johnson drops down two divisions to join United
  • Midfielder previously spent several seasons with Eastbourne Borough
  • 24-year-old also played for England schoolboys
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Hastings United Football Club has pulled off a marquee signing ahead of its hotly-anticipated FA Cup clash today (Saturday).

Former England schoolboy international Simon Johnson completed his move to the U’s from Maidstone United yesterday morning.

United manager Garry Wilson and assistant Danny Bloor feel this is a high quality signing, and the midfielder will be eligible for the third round qualifying tie at home to Poole Town.

As reported by www.maidstoneunited.co.uk, Johnson came through the youth ranks at Eastbourne Borough and broke into the first team in the latter part of 2008 after a successful spell with the reserves.

The 24-year-old made his Borough debut in the then Conference Premier and stayed at Priory Lane after the club’s relegation to Conference South.

Johnson, who made six appearances for England Schoolboys during the 2008/09 season, joined Maidstone - who also play in Conference South - this summer.

United play their football two levels further down the non-league pyramid than the Stones in Ryman Football League Division One South. Today’s game against Poole will kick-off at 3pm.

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