After impressing in our pre-season fixtures, we are delighted to announce the signing of former Dulwich Hamlet midfielder Kieran Monlouis.
Although hailing from Lewisham, South London, 25 year old Kieran is a St Lucian international who spent his apprenticeship at the academies of Crystal Palace, Stoke City and Charlton Athletic before dropping into non-league football with Maldon & Tiptree. Whilst playing for St Albans City in 2017/18, he was spotted by Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academicals who promptly signed him but, although featuring for the reserves and being named in the first team squad on several occasions, he failed to break into the senior side and returned to England with Hemel Hempstead Town.
He joined Dulwich last summer and made 13 appearances for the Conference South side as well as spending two months on loan at Margate, for whom he scored in their 3-0 win at Horsham last November.
“I saw him play for St Albans and then we saw him play on loan at Margate last season so I’ve been tracking him for a while” admitted manager Dom Di Paola. “He’s a talented midfielder and we were in need of some numbers in there with Lea (Dawson) and Alex Kelly going so, with who we’ve brought in, that brings us up to a good quality group that we need to gel a bit, as it’s a little disconnected at the moment.
“He’s brilliant at carrying the ball and technically really good. He’s strong and got a goal threat in him. He’s a player that’s had some setbacks recently so he’s looking for somewhere to showcase his ability, so hopefully it can work out for both of us. I’m really pleased we got him in”.
Kieran put in an eye-catching display at Met Police on Saturday, especially in the first half, but Dom feels there’s plenty more to come from his new signing. “Yeah, he’s been okay. Not quite got to grips with the way we play yet but it’s early days and these things can take some time. It’s really hard in pre-season when you’re messing around with the team a little bit and we’ve deliberately been managing the minutes so people don’t overdo it but we’ve seen glimpses of good stuff, as we have with a lot of the boys.
“With the amount of games we’re going to have, we’re going to need numbers. We found last year that we ran out of petrol in December and so the second half of the season we were quite fatigued, relying on the same 13/14 bodies every week. We have to be mindful of that and it will be a little like the survival of the fittest. But once we get into the season, I don’t think we’re going to have people not getting into squads. Maybe in the first couple of games, as is often the case, and I don’t foresee us having a Premier League squad but I do think we’ll have a few more than last year. Players just have to understand it’s the nature of the beast. It’s not about rotation but we need to be mindful of the amount of games we’ll have to try and fit in.”