Joan Luque has spoken of the belief he feels the Maidstone United management team have in him.

The former Heybridge Swifts star has impressed since joining the National League South side recently, winning the club’s Player of the Month for October.

The ex-Lincoln City winger said as part of his extended conversation with this site:

“They asked Dagenham, I think, for a loan deal. I started training with them after I finished my contract.

“Obviously, my priority was to play in the National League, but Dagenham took so long and left me only one-week-and-a-half until the start of the season to sort myself out; by then, pretty much all the clubs were set up. They said ‘we’re really interested in you, obviously we don’t have the money available at the moment because of the COVID situation, but we’re gonna have it because of the grant from the government.’

“I was like ‘okay, I’m just gonna come training.’ Obviously I couldn’t have kept doing that for too long, but luckily, we got it done a few weeks ago.

“I knew the lads already from training there, playing some games, and it gave me a little bit of help for the start of my own season, because by the time I started competitively, they had already played a couple of games. It’s just good to have a manager that trusts you, like (assistant) Terry (Harris) does and (manager) Hakan (Hayrettin) does, and Terry knows me from Dagenham and how I play, and how I am as a person as well.

“I’m pleased to be working with him again, and with Hakan as well, and at the moment, things are working, so hopefully we can keep it going!”

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