Welling United are delighted to confirm the arrival of goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin on an emergency loan from Maidstone United.
The Wings have been given special dispensation by the National League to sign the 28-year-old stopper on a two-week deal following the transfer deadline on Thursday.
An injury suffered by Myles Roberts in training after the deadline had passed, coupled with Kai McKenzie-Lyle’s absence due to international duty left Welling without an option between the sticks for Saturday’s clash with Bath City, leading to Mersin’s arrival at Park View Road.
The club had initially welcomed Fraser Barnsley on a short-term loan from Oxford United on Tuesday, but the young goalkeeper has since been recalled by his parent club.
Mersin spent time as a youngster at Millwall before making the move to Liverpool’s academy in 2011.
A Turkey U18 international, he spent two years with Kasımpaşa in Istanbul prior to a move back to England with Crawley Town in 2016.
He made 19 appearances over three seasons for the Red Devils and made the switch to Dover Athletic in 2019, enjoying two seasons at the Crabble before heading to Maidstone in 2021.
Mersin made seven league appearance ls during the Stone’s title-winning season last term and started their season in the National League, racking up 16 league outings before joining the Wings.