12:00PM, Saturday 29 June 2019
Maidenhead United manager Alan Devonshire has claimed he’s happy with the strength of his Magpies squad, but admitted he’d like to complement it with one or two additional signings before the season starts.
The Magpies announced the signing of centre-forward Jake Cassidy this week having held talks with the former Welsh u21s international for some time.
“I’m pleased to bring him in,” said Devonshire
“We’ve been working on it for a while now and he’s a lad I like. We needed a centre-forward so pleased to get him in.
“He brings people into play, his hold up play, he’s strong – he’s got all the ingredients to be an important centre-forward for us.”
The 26-year-old has made eight appearances for Wales u21s and the former Wolves, Southend, Tranmere Rovers and Oldham striker will be seen as a direct replacement for Ryan Bird, who has departed for Slough Town.
It’s been a hectic close season for the club, and Devonshire, with seven players arriving to replace seven that have left. But Devonshire still hopes to add a little more quality to the mix before the new campaign gets underway in August – with the fixtures being released on Wednesday.
However, he’s said there’s no rush now to get them through the door.
“I still want to get another couple in but there’s no rush now,” added Devonshire.
“We lost Birdy (Ryan Bird) and we lost Adrian Clifton earlier in the season so we needed a target man and they can be difficult to get hold of – we’ve got the players in we wanted to and I’m happy with what we have got.
“It’s hard to rate it (the business done) ) – the boys need to settle in.
“I’m pleased on paper – but the boys have got to settle in, bond together now.”
Pre-season is now just around the corner with the Magpies kicking off their warm-up matches on Saturday, July 13 against Ascot United and Bracknell Town.
Devonshire is looking forward to the test ahead, which includes an interesting friendly against the Kuwait national team.
“It’s a good game for us to have (against Kuwait),” said Devonshire. “They will be a good technical side and so we might be chasing the ball a bit but I said pre-season is about getting fitness, I’m not too worried about the results – it’s about getting fit and sharp.
“It’s a good game for us and we’ve got Stevenage and Wycombe Wanderers after that too which have been good games for us and the aim is to get ready for August 3.”
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