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Former Seagull Ince becomes a Magpie

Rohan Ince. Richard Parkes Photography

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There was one surprise inclusion on the team sheet for Maidenhead United’s trip to Chesterfield on Saturday, former Brighton & Hove Albion player Rohan Ince.

The deal to bring the 28-year-old to the club was pushed through the previous week, after Ince impressed on trial in a friendly against Brentford B at York Road.

Peters admitted the move was kept ‘hush-hush’ prior to the trip to Chesterfield but Ince impressed on debut with his combative yet assured performance.

Sam Barratt collected the plaudits for his brace of goal but Ince was many people’s pick for man-of-the-match in the 2-1 win.

“We kept him as hush-hush as possible,” said Peters. “He played in the B team game two Saturday’s ago and when we thought there was a possibility of getting him, we just had to see him in a game to know whether he was fit enough.

“He came in against Chesterfield on Saturday and he was terrific.

“He’s combative but technically very good and he helped sure up that midfield. He is a very worthy addition and we hope to have him with us for as long as possible.”

Ince was once a rising star for Brighton, making more than 90 first team appearances, 50 of them coming in the Championship in a midfield alongside the likes of Jake Forster-Caskey and Solly March. He scored the first goal of Chris Hughton’s reign at Charlton but fell out of favour as the Seagulls pressed for promotion to the Premier League and left on loan.

He joined Cheltenham from the Seagulls in 2018 but less than two years later he’s now a Magpie and keen to help maintain the side’s fine start to the season.

Ince played again for the Magpies in Tuesday’s goalless draw at Aldershot Town.

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