09:00AM, Saturday 17 June 2017
Alan Devonshire has said he hopes the whole town is looking forward to Maidenhead United’s debut season in the National League and fans can expect more signings to be made before the Magpies kick off in August.
The Magpies won’t know who they’re kicking the season off against until the fixtures are released on July 5, but Devonshire is anticipating a tough start to the historic season, with nine weeks of Saturday/Tuesday fixtures.
United have already bolstered their squad for next season with the addition of Harold Odametey from Hampton and Chinedu McKenzie from Romford while he says there’s space in the budget for a couple more signings before the campaign kicks off.
Three or four ‘good players’ are also expected to come on trial with the Magpies during pre-season and Devonshire might be tempted to make an offer to a couple of them too.
“Hopefully we’ll get off to a good start but if we don’t we might have to change a few things,” said Devonshire.
“It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to. I hope the town is looking forward to it because I know the players are, the chairman is and the fans are. Hopefully the Maidenhead Advertiser is too.
“We know it’s going to be tough because three quarters of the teams at this level are full-time and then there is the money situation. All these teams have big budgets. But I can guarantee one thing, we won’t win as many games as we did last season and we’ll lose more than last year.”
Devonshire added: “We need to try and finish fifth from bottom. You know I’ll always aim higher than that but getting to 51 points is the main thing and the quicker we can do that the better.”
Ryan Peters and James Mulley are expected to put pen to paper on new deals at York Road this week, having now returned from holiday. Devonshire is delighted to have signed on the majority of last season’s squad because he knows he couldn’t simply take that for granted.
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