Chipstead hope former Millwall, Woking and Merstham striker Charlie Penny could make his debut as soon as Tuesday night’s game against Hastings United.

The striker, who has been out of action for more than a year after suffering an ACL injury while playing for Merstham, has been training with the Chips for the past month.

And while delighted to have the prolific marksman on board, Chipstead manager Antony Williams accept that it might not be a long-term move should Penny’s value rise.

“I’ve known Charlie for a little because he went to school with my younger brother and he’s played with Jordan Martin, our centre-half, before,” Williams explained. “With Chipstead’s limited resources, it’s good to have contacts.

“I think it’s more than a year Charlie has been out for but he’s pretty close to a return now and he’s looking sharp.

“We have stepped it up to full contact training over the past two weeks and now the physio has passed him fit so he’s good to go.

“I did see a report saying that Charlie is going on loan to us but he hasn’t signed for Merstham so it’s not a loan, he’s signed for Chipstead.

“We should hopefully have Charlie back for Hastings and if not then, for Greenwich the following weekend.”

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