07:00PM, Thursday 23 May 2019
Alan Devonshire with new signing Freddie Grant.
Maidenhead United will be looking to close the week with more signings as manager Alan Devonshire targets a few more positions ahead of the new season.
The Magpies have not stood still since the National League season came to a close and this week was no different, with two new players joining the club, alongside manager Devonshire signing a new two-year deal.
On top of that James Akintunde and Rene Steer committed themselves for another season as Maidenhead plough full steam into pre-season.
Twenty-two-year-old defender Freddie Grant was the latest recruit to make the move to York Road on Monday, joining from National League South playoff semi-finalists Wealdstone, while energetic midfielder Josh Smile joined from Chippenham Town after impressing against the Magpies last season.
With so much business coming in a short space of time, you would be forgiven for thinking it may be some time before another new signing is announced but Devonshire is fully focused on getting more players to sign on the dotted line as soon as possible.
“We’ve needed three or four,” said Devonshire
“But it’s good to get the business done and not let it drag on.
“We are getting the work done early, which is good.
“We still need three or four in some positions and one or two will probably be done this week.”
The Magpies could be expecting a goalkeeper to come in imminently following the departure of long standing shot-stopper Carl Pentney with Devonshire admitting that talks are being held to get a new main man between the sticks.
For now, Devonshire is happy with the work Maidenhead are doing to get players through the door and is looking forward to seeing what Grant and Smile can bring to the side next season.
“He’s a young midfielder (Smile),” said Devonshire.
“He’s got a lot of quality about him. He sees the final pass and he’s young as well. He’ll add quality to the squad.
“Freddie is very good in the air and a two-footed defender. He’s a good age too and a threat from set-pieces with a good leap.
“I hope they have a good season and that we can push their careers forward and we are glad to have them at the club.”
The duo will likely feature in Maidenhead United’s pre-season plans as the Magpies begin their warm-up games for the 2019/20 season with a double header friendly on July 13 against Ascot United and Bracknell Town.
The games will be hosted at Bisham Abbey with kick off against the Yellamen scheduled for 12.15pm, with the face-off against former Maidenhead assistant Sam Lock’s Robins at 3pm.
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