08:55AM, Saturday 12 May 2018
Midfield playmaker James Comley has re-signed for Maidenhead United for a fourth season saying the decision was a ‘no-brainer’.
The 27-year-old, who originally joined the Magpies on loan in
February 2016 before signing on at the end of that season, is an integral part of the team’s recent success.
His experience in the middle of the park is important to the club, and not having to replace him is one difficult decision the club does not now have to face.
For Comley’s part, he said he had no hesitation in signing on for another year, especially after a successful team campaign although a personal one which he labelled as ‘frustrating’.
“Why wouldn’t I sign? There’s no reason not to,” he said.
“We had a great first season and can kick on from here.
“I suppose we over-achieved as one of the promoted teams, as normally it’s all about staying in the division in your first year.
“The gaffer (Alan Devonshire) has been good to me and stuck by me and I enjoy playing for him, for me it was a no-brainer really.
“It’s a good club to play for and a good group of lads to be around.”
He added: “We finished 12th and were 10 points from the play-offs. We weren’t far off.
“We will have learned a lot from this season.
“Hopefully if we can keep the core of the side together – one or two are always going to come and go – then we might be able to have a go at a play-off place.
“That main core of seven or eight players have been together for a while now, which is great.
“And even some of the newer guys will have been there a season so, when it all kicks off again, we should have a lot to build on.”
Personally, Comley, who has played for England C and the Montserrat national side, is longing for an injury-free 2018/19 campaign in the national league, unlike this season.
He said: “I had a frustrating season, it was a bit up and down.
“I thought I started well, the first 15 games, and then I had a couple of injuries, niggly ones.
“I missed a lot of the middle of the season, and I even played the last eight to 10 matches carrying a knock, but I didn’t want to rest having missed so much of the season already.
“I got through it and now I can rest.
“Hopefully next season I can find more consistency and not miss so much football.”
Joining old head Comley at York Road will be 19-year-olds Josh Kelly and Sean McCormack who return to the Magpies following a successful campaign on loan at Walton Casuals.
Casuals won the Isth-mian League Division 1 South play off final on Saturday with Kelly scoring one of the penalties in the shootout.
Over the season at Walton, striker Kelly scored 40 goals in 50 appearances, while winger McCormack hit the back of the net nine times.
Both are expected to play a role in the Magpies’ 1st team squad next season.
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