10:30AM, Thursday 09 May 2019
A busy period of comings and goings at York Road continued at pace this week, with Adrian Clifton's departure swiftly followed by Shamir Fenelon's arrival from Aldershot Town.
Boss Alan Devonshire hinted more business would be done but is braced for another challenging summer in the transfer market, with clubs likely to try and poach a number of his best players.
The first of those players have already left, with goalkeeper Carl Pentney calling time on his four years with the club and Clifton opting for a move to National League rivals Bromley. Wide man Max Worsfold has linked up with near neighbours Slough Town in National League South, the player no longer able to commit to the club's new training schedule.
Others could follow as Devonshire attempts to rebuild once again for the new season.
But, alongside the departures, there have also been welcome arrivals with Fenelon - a former Republic of Ireland u21s player - joining having spent the past three seasons with the Shots. The promising Henry Landers, 18, has also been signed from North Leigh.
“He (Fenelon) can play up-front and wide right,” Devonshire said yesterday (Wednesday). “He gives us other option. He’s fast, 6ft 1, strong. I like him.
“No, not really (a replacement for Clifton). He's more of a wide player but he can play up-front as well.”
Talks are continuing with a number of players over a possible move to York Road, however, Devonshire said there's no rush to get people through the door.
Those discussions will have included the Magpies' new training regime, which will see the side train three times a week, the first move towards becoming a full-time club.
It's something Devonshire would like to see happen in the coming seasons.
“We are looking and talking to a few players,” added Devonshire. “They have to fit the mould of what we do.
“There are a few – but none that I can tell you.
“There’s no rush to bring players in, we don’t start training until June, but the quicker we get them in the better really.
“I’m hoping so [going full-time] – we hope so over the next few seasons.
“It’s something we need to address further down the line. We didn’t want to put it all on the players this season.”
Finding a replacement for Pentney will be high on the club's priority list after the trusted keeper announced on Twitter last week that he was leaving after making his 200th Magpies' appearance.
“That’s the way of the world really, you lose a few players when they have good seasons,” said Devonshire.
“That’s the way it’s been these last few years.
Listen, Carl (Pentney) has done well – he’s a good lad and I’m sad to see him leave, but we have to move on.
“Max (Worsfold) couldn’t do the new model of training on Monday/ Tuesday.
“It’s sad to lose him as well but I wish him all the best at Slough Town.”
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