12:00PM, Saturday 26 June 2021
Alan Devonshire says Maidenhead United have played their cards right in signing Woking FC’s Kane Ferdinand but was quick to dismiss the suggestion that the midfielder has been brought in to replace James Comley.
On Monday, the Magpies confirmed Ferdinand’s arrival at York Road having secured his signature ‘weeks prior’, according to Devonshire, with the club unable to announce the signing sooner due to contractual terms.
While evidently in need of another midfielder following Comley’s departure last Wednesday, and Rohan Ince’s move to Woking, Devonshire affirmed Kane Ferdinand – who is the cousin of Anton, Rio, and Les – is a ‘totally different’ type of player to the Montserrat international.
“Kane is totally different in his style of play and hasn’t been brought in to replace Coms or even Incey,” said Devonshire.
“It was a mutual decision for Coms to leave.
“Listen, it’s a big plus for the club to get Kane.
“He’s a midfield player we needed – one that gets forward, scores goals, good in the air, and good in both boxes.
“I’ve liked him for a few years and I’m pleased with that one. We officially signed him a few weeks ago.”
Devonshire said that Sam Barratt extending his stay at York Road is another huge boost for the Magpies and that his loyalty will not go unrewarded.
The Magpies boss also confirmed a few more signings will be revealed before too long and said that he and son Lee have worked hard to do most of their business early.
“Sam is a good lad, he loves the club, and we’re really happy to keep him,” he said.
“He was an important player for us last year. We’ve lost a couple of them, so we’re glad he’s stayed on board.
“Loyalty is always good and he knows he’s going to play in the coming season.
“He wants to enjoy his football like he did last year.
“He has suffered with injuries in the past so we will work to keep him fit and hopefully he can build on how he performed last season.
“We’ve signed another two or three that will be coming out soon, maybe later in the week,” added Devonshire.
“We’ve done our business early, we’ve just had to withhold the news because of the contracts and that.”