Maidstone United’s Joan Luque has spoken in detail about his departure from Dagenham & Redbridge this year.

The former Lincoln City and Heybridge Swifts winger has made a big impression since linking up with the Stones, and it has been a much-needed boost for the Barcelona native, who explained in his interview with this site:

“I’m feeling good. I think I’ve gone through a really tough time since the start of January, I would say.

“I was having a bad time not playing (at Dagenham & Redbridge), then COVID appeared, I split with my girlfriend, and when I was meant to come back, the club told me ‘you have no flat any more’, which was part of the deal, so they basically left me homeless. Then going into pre-season, not playing, not even involved, so all the hard work that I did to come back as fit as possible and try to show the manager I was good enough, from the first day he made me feel like I wasn’t welcome.

“It was a tough time, but if you keep yourself focused on where you want to go and just believe in yourself, keep being professional and not do anything silly for them to have an excuse on you, then all that hard work can pay off. Now that work is paying off, obviously it’s just the start, but to have a start like I’m having at Maidstone is really good.

“I can say I’m as close to being happy as I have been since January.”

Read the full conversation with Joan here

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