ADAM Topley is set to leave East Thurrock United on loan in a bid to regain match fitness.

The midfielder suffered an injury during pre-season and, following his summer move from Concord Rangers, only made his Rocks debut as a substitute in the 3-1 FA Trophy second qualifying round defeat to Bognor Regis Town at the weekend.

And East Thurrock boss John Coventry is exploring the possibility of securing Topley a temporary move elsewhere.

“It’s been a really difficult period for Tops and his attitude has been first class,” said Coventry.

“He has dealt with the situation really well, so it’s fantastic that he is back from injury.

“With us being 3-1 down, I wanted to take something positive out of the game and seeing Tops make his return was certainly a plus point.

“I managed to bring him on and I was pleased for him.

“He needs to improve his match fitness after being on the sidelines, so we may look to send him out on loan somewhere.

“That will benefit him and whoever takes him because he is a good player, while it will also help us if he gets minutes under his belt.”

Coventry has strengthened his side with the arrivals of Amos Nasha and Darren Foxley.

Nasha - who spent the second half of last season on loan with Rocks from Chelmsford City - has already had brief spells with Dartford, Dulwich Hamlet and Salisbury this term.

And Coventry is pleased to be working with the former Concord midfielder again.

“I found out that Amos was available and, although he hasn’t played that much this season, I wanted to bring him back to the club,” added Coventry.

“Having worked with him last season, I knew what I would be getting and Amos is a good player.

“He is going to need a couple of games to get up to speed.”

Foxley has joined on a two-month loan deal from National League South side St Albans City and Coventry knows the 22-year-old well.

“Darren was with us for pre-season three years ago,” admitted Coventry.

“He is a young lad who has done really well and we may have to adjust the way we play to get the best out of him.

“When I have worked with players, I always find out how they are doing and Darren has made good progress.

“He played the vast majority of St Albans’ National League South games last season but he is not in their starting line-up this season, so he wanted to get some games.”