03:00PM, Thursday 28 June 2018
Aaron Steadman and Dan Masters have managed to persuade several Maidenhead United Youth players to join them in moving to Ascot United.
Fabiene Etienne, who has spent the past four seasons in Maidenhead United’s Development team, was one of the first Magpies to fly the nest this summer and last week he was joined by Nathan Minhas, Kai Walters and Jordy Brown.
Etienne was one of the Magpies’ development team’s stand out players last season and went on to make six appearances for Marlow in the Southern League Central Division.
Minhas, who netted four times for Panjab FA in their recent CONIFA World Cup campaign in the UK, was the Magpies development team’s top scorer last season. Walters was one of Maidenhead u23s players of the season last term and Brown, who began his career in the Chelsea and Wycombe Wanderers youth set-ups has also moved to Ascot after four years as a Magpie.
Pre-season for the Yellamen began on Tuesday night.
Steadman said: “I’m really excited to get things underway. It’s an exciting role and I’m looking forward to coaching in senior football.
“We’ve brought in some young, talented players, but also some more experienced players.
“When I found out about the role in March time I spoke with all of the players (at Maidenhead u23s).
“Some of them just wanted to come and play senior football, get their foot in the door and prove themselves.
“The step up from the u23s to Maidenhead first team is so huge now. One or two players make it a season, like Max Kilman and Josh Kelly.
“It will be a different challenge for these players (at Ascot).
“Most of them are technically very strong, and could play at a higher level, but they lack the nous and experience. They’ll get that playing at this level.”
Jamie Tompkins, who took over from Neil Richards at the Yellamen helm last season, is building a strong looking squad for the new season.
Captain Louis Bouwers and goalkeeper Lee Allen have re-signed and former Maidenhead and Burnham defender Tom Badderley has also joined. Steadman said the Yellamen were targeting a top eight finish.
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