09:00AM, Sunday 03 June 2018
Harry Pritchard says he’s looking forward to following the fortunes of Maidenhead United from afar, after signing for Blackpool FC.
The 25-year-old has grasped his opportunity to sign a two-year deal with the Tangerines, but reflected fondly on his six-years with the Magpies.
He first joined the club under previous boss Johnson Hippolyte, when the club came within a whisker of relegation from the National League South in 2011/12. Only a post season reprieve saved them that fate.
The Magpies, like Pritchard, have gone from strength to strength since, and the midfielder is confident they’ll be a National League side for many years to come under manager Alan Devonshire.
Pritchard said: “Maidenhead have helped me massively. They’ve also moved on massively. I’ve had the best six years there, the fans have been incredible and it’s a club that’s going places.
“Dev knows what he has to do to take the club forward and I’m excited to see what happens.”
The win over Margate, which sealed Maidenhead’s promotion to the National League is Pritchard’s stand-out memory from his time at the club, while his stunning volley in the home win over Bath City from the same season is his favourite of the 47 strikes for the club. Those came from 225 appearances, plus 42 as substitute, and his best haul in black and white came last season when he top scored with 16 goals.
“The Margate game was the stand-out memory for me,” he said. “To get Maidenhead United into the National League was a real achievement, and I’m sure they’ll stay there for many years to come.”
Pritchard plans for someone to take over his personal fitness business, and keep it running while he attempts to realise his dream playing for Blackpool. He just can’t wait to get back on the training pitch.
“I go there full of confidence after my best ever season for Maidenhead. It will be good to go full time and I’m excited about improving as a player.
“Fingers crossed I’ll score a few more goals for Blackpool, although I’m not sure I’ll be on penalty duty straight away.
“I can’t wait for pre-season to start. I’m excited, perhaps a little nervous for my first game, but it’s my dream to play pro-football.
“I’ll be looking to keep the business going. I’ve been building it up for three years so don’t just want to chuck it away.
“I have people who can take it over from me and hopefully, it’s something I can fall back on when I retire from playing football.”
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