Name: Kiernan Hughes-Mason
DOB: 22.10.91 | Hackney
Previous Clubs: Arsenal, Spurs, Millwall, Cheltenham (L), Tooting & Mitcham (L), Chelmsford (L), Tooting & Mitcham, Kettering, Grimsby
Former Mariner Kiernan Hughes-Mason was the star for Welling United last season, scoring eleven league goals as the Wings won promotion to the Skrill Premier.
A former Arsenal trainee, Kiernan played in the same youth sides as current England international Jack Wilshere but was released from both the Emirates and latterly Spurs because of his slight build.
The Londoner made his breakthrough with Millwall and impressed on loan at Tooting and Mitcham during two stints.
After his release from the New Den in 2011, Kiernan joined the Mariners on trial but was unable to earn a permanent deal, instead re-joining Tooting on a permanent basis.
A move to Conference side Kettering followed but after financial woes put the club’s existence in doubt, the Mariners were quick to swoop for the player’s signing.
He scored on his home debut, as a sub, in a 6-0 thrashing of Bath in January 2012 and then scored a brilliant individual goal in a 1-1 draw at Luton.
But the emergence of youngster Dayle Southwell left managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst with the tough decision to not renew the forward’s contract and he was allowed to join Welling last season.