09:00AM, Sunday 02 July 2017
Maidenhead United boss Alan Devonshire is confident this week’s acquisition of Jake Goodman from Braintree and Jake Hyde from Stevenage will add quality and competition for places ahead of the Magpies step up to the National League.
Devonshire has had his eye on both players for a while and says Goodman, who stands 6ft 4in tall, will provide competition at the back for Dean Inman and captain Alan Massey.
Hyde, who arrives at York Road from League 2 Stevenage, is also set to give the side options with his ability to play as a number nine or off the number nine, according to Devonshire. United’s squad, which now boasts four new players, returns for pre-season training on Saturday and the club will find out its league fixtures on Wednesday.
Devonshire is confident of the quality he already has in the squad but is hoping the signings of Goodman and Hyde, as well as Harold Odametey and Chinedu McKenzie, will ensure the Magpies hit the ground running come the start of the season in August.
“I’ve known Jake (Goodman) for a few years; he’s 6ft 4in and will provide good competition,” said Devonshire.
“He’s a player I’ve liked for a while. He’s a big lad, can put his head on it and plays like my centre halves.
“He’ll provide good competition for Deano and Al and we’ll need that because there are Saturday/Tuesday matches for the first seven or eight weeks of the season.”
Hyde, who joined the Magpies on a short-term loan deal in February but didn’t feature due to a hamstring injury, will now finally get the chance to impress his home town supporters.
“Jake is a good player,” he said. “We’ve just got to ensure that he stays fit and then he’ll be a real asset to us. He’s a good finisher as well.”
There’s space in the budget for a couple more signings, if the right player comes along, and several triallists will be put through their paces by the Magpies management team in the coming weeks.
“This league will be better all round – it’s as simple as that,” said Devonshire. “The strikers are better the defending is better and it’ll be more physical.”
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