08:00AM, Saturday 03 June 2017
HAVING signed up three of the four targets they were in for in the weeks after the season finished, Slough Town’s management team are increasingly confident they can make the step from being play-off challengers to title contenders.
Experienced centre half Alan Inns and left-back George Wells have linked up with the Rebels from Ryman Premier outfit Kingstonian, and this week Jack Turner left Staines Town to become their third signing of the summer.
So far so good from a Rebels perspective and with another couple of players likely to come through the Arbour Park door over the summer months, it’s gearing up to be another exciting season for fans of the Rebels.
“We had our targets in mind,” said Jon Underwood this week.
“Having released four players quickly, as well as Liam Enver-Marum, we knew we needed to bring players in. You don’t do that unless you have targets in mind.
“We’ve managed to get a few of those deals done quickly which is good because it shows other potential signings that we mean business. We’re happy with the signings we’ve made so far and sometimes it’s good to let people know that’s what you’ve done.”
Adding a blend of talent, youth and experience is what the Rebels are looking to do this summer and Underwood is hoping the new arrivals will give them that little bit extra when it really matters next season.
“We’re confident that they will do well for us and help us to make that step up,” he said.
“Getting a goalkeeper to replace Mark Scott and a left-back to replace Paul Stonehouse were obviously priorities for us. Alan Inns has been there and won things.
“Last year we came up a little bit short when it really mattered so it will be good to have more leadership in the dressing room and another player with experience.
“This time last year we had a number of players who were squad players but this season we want to be going in with a squad of players good enough to start week in and week out.
“Quality players won’t want to be on the bench every week but as a manager that’s a nice problem to have. We just need more competition for places.”
The Rebels have now finalised their pre-season friendly fixtures and the most eye-catching of them is the visit of Premier League West Brom on Saturday, July 29 for Kevin McGoldrick’s testimonial.
Former Slough boss Dave Kemp, now assistant to Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns, is set to manage the Baggies and Underwood says they’ve promised to bring down a few well-known Premier League players.
The match will be all ticket.
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