Duo go pro at Maidstone

Congratulations to Max Sutton and Perri Iandolo who have signed first team contracts at Maidstone United.

Max, 17, and Perri, 18, have penned deals at the Gallagher Stadium ahead of the 2021-22 season, with the pair impressing in first team training prior to the cancelation of the current National League South season.

A SEFA Academy player for nearly a decade (which included our 2014 Milan tour), Max graduated into our Maplesden Noakes Scholarship in the summer of 2020, and quickly impressed manager Jay Saunders sufficiently to earn a call-up to our Chatham Town Scholarship squad, which competes in the National League Youth Alliance. Despite being a first year Scholar, Max swiftly earned a reputation as an important player in central midfield alongside fellow Maplesden Noakes student Jack Palmby.

Much like Max, Perri is a player with a long and storied history with SEFA. A part of our superbly talented under 8 side that won the prestigious Valencia Cup in 2011, Perri was then snapped up by Gillingham, and he remained with our local EFL club until the summer of 2019. After leaving the Gills, Pez once again donned the SEFA colours, joining our Chatham Town FC Scholarship before joining Maidstone United in 2020.

SEFA director Lee Spiller commented: “We are incredibly proud of both Max and Perri.

“They are two lads who we have known since they were very young and it is brilliant see them developing into fantastic young players, and just as importantly, into fantastic young men.

“I have great memories of Max and Perri not only enjoying our tours abroad but playing key parts in their respective teams’ successes, and no doubt those trips will be treasured memories for both.

“More recently, both have been influential figures in our Scholarship programme, and it has been a pleasure to watch them develop into players who are now ready to move into senior football at a great level.

“We wish Max and Perri the best of luck and look forward to seeing them in first team action next season at the Gallagher Stadium!”

Interested in joining the SEFA Scholarship in September 2021? Click here to find out more and to apply.