11:45AM, Friday 19 May 2017
Alan Devonshire is confident the players that won the title for Maidenhead United can cut it in the division above, but he's warned them they'll have to step up their game.
Devonshire, currently convalescing after undergoing a hip operation, will remain loyal to the majority of players who earned the Magpies promotion, and his recovery will have been greatly aided this week by news that Dave Tarpey had re-signed for next season.
The Magpies are set to test themselves in the fifth tier of English football for the first time in their history and Devonshire is looking forward to the challenge.
“We’ve got to consolidate,” he said. “We’ll need 51 points from the 46 games. It’s going to be a big step up.
“The teams in this league are 20 per cent better, with more pace and power.
On resolving Tarpey’s future, he added: “Tarps had an offer from a football league club but it wasn’t what he was after so we’ve got him for another year. He’s never played at this level before so it will be a new challenge for him and he’s looking forward to it.”
Devonshire expects three or four new arrivals over the summer, the first of which was set to be made yesterday (Thursday)
“I’m loyal to the players and want to give the majority of them the opportunity to play in the Conference,” he added.
“There will be a signing tomorrow and I’m still talking to lots of players.”
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