11:12AM, Monday 28 June 2021
There were some striking developments at Maidenhead United this week, with Danilo Orsi-Dadomo confirming his move to League 2 Harrogate Town before the Magpies announced the arrivals of forwards Dylan Asonganyi and Emile Acquah.
Both players are already known to the club, having had brief loan spells with the Magpies in the 2019/20 season.
Acquah, who joins having scored three goals in 48 appearances for Southend United, played 12 minutes of the Magpies’ 2-1 home defeat to Stockport County in March 2020, the side’s last game before the season was prematurely ended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Forward Dylan Asonganyi, who arrives having made a handful of appearances for the MK Dons and Oxford United in the Football League, was on loan at the Magpies at the same time as Acquah and played 87 minutes against Stockport.
He’s had limited opportunities for the MK Dons and Oxford United over the past few seasons and will be looking to rediscover some form in front of goal for Alan Devonshire’s men.
Last week also saw the Magpies announce their retained list of players for next season.
They include club captain Alan Massey and fellow defenders Manny Parry, Remy Clerima, Ryhmeem Sheckleford and George Wells.
In midfield Ryan Upward, Brad Keetch, Reece Smith, Josh Smile and Dan Sparkes have been handed new contracts while up-front Nathan Blissett and Josh Kelly have put pen-to-paper ahead of the new season. Sam Barratt has also signed a new two-year deal with the club and Kane Ferdinand has joined from Woking.
James Comley, Seth Twumasi, Jerry Wiltshire, Josh Coley and Danilo Orsi-Dadomo have left the club following the end of their contracts, while James Holden Rhys Lovett, Taye Ashby-Hammond and Alfie Egan have returned to their respective parent clubs.
Of those departures, last season’s leading scorer Orsi-Dadomo was one of the most notable.
The 25-year-old becomes Harrogate Town’s second permanent signing of the summer and the striker, who netted 18 times in 38 league games last season, says he’s ‘over the moon’ with the deal.
He told the club’s website: “The chance to make the step up to the Football League and to join a team like Harrogate Town, I’ve heard great things about the club and the area so I’m really happy to be here and get the deal done.
“I’m a fox in the box. I like to score goals, be busy and hard-working and try not to give defenders a moment but mainly it’s getting on the end of things and putting the ball in the back of the net.
“It’s going to be a big step up but it’s something since coming back to England that I’ve wanted to achieve, to play in the Football League was my goal.
“I know I had to work hard to get here, I’m just going to have to work doubly hard to stay here and hopefully help the team push on and have a successful season.”
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