07:30PM, Wednesday 30 June 2021
Promising academy graduate, Reece Smith, has been retained for the new season.
Maidenhead United fans will ‘have to accept there will be an element of change’ at the club each summer, but CEO Jon Adams is confident manager Alan Devonshire and chief scout, Lee Devonshire, are bringing in players with the calibre and potential to fill the boots of those who’ve departed.
United have managed to retain the core of last season’s successful squad, with the retained list, and three new signings being announced this week.
However, last season’s top scorer Danilo Orsi-Dadomo, Josh Coley, goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond, James Comley, Rohan Ince, Jerry Wiltshire, and Seth Twumasi have either left the club or not been offered a new contract. Midfielder Kane Ferdinand was signed last week, while forwards Emile Acquah and Dylan Asonganyi have signed after spells with Southend United and MK Dons respectively. Sam Barratt signing a new two-year deal with the club was also a major coup, with clubs showing plenty of interest in the attacking winger, who scored 15 goals last season.
“Certainly, there’s change,” said Adams. “As a club we’re used to change, but Lee and Dev have done a fantastic job to keep as much of the squad together as they have.
“We’ve had a greater proportion of players staying with us for a second, third or fourth season, and previously at this stage we’ve been down to six or seven players, rather than the 12 or 13 we’ve retained this summer.
“It’s great news that so many have decided to commit and that’s testament to the great work Dev and his coaching team do.
“We’re confident we’re bringing in players who have the calibre and potential to fill the holes that clearly will be there from the players that have left. It’s a natural part of the process for a club like ours. We don’t offer long-term contracts to players, therefore there is an element of turnover.”
Adams added that the club would never try to block or hold back a player from moving on or playing at a higher level.
He said: “Clearly for a player like Danilo for example, we’re not a club that’s ever going to want to stand in the way of the opportunity for a player like that to go and play at a higher level. He had a fantastic season for us, and we’re pleased that’s enabled him to go on and play league football which was always his ambition. We have to accept there’s an element of change at a club like Maidenhead.”