03:00PM, Saturday 19 May 2018
Jon Underwood doesn’t believe wholesale changes are necessary for Slough Town to compete in the National League South, and the Rebels’ management team want to give the players that got the club promoted the chance to prove themselves at the level above.
Speaking while on holiday this week, Underwood confirmed the club will have a little more money to play with next season, but expects that only one or two new signings will be made over the summer.
Underwood and Neil Baker now know what they’ll have to play with next season, and, after taking a short break this week, they’ll get back to the grindstone next week, trying to convince players to come and others to stay – not that he thinks that job will be particularly hard.
While consolidation is key next season, Underwood believes the Rebels are well placed to push on in the coming seasons, and believes they can follow the likes of Maidenhead United and Boreham Wood by taking another step up.
“I expect that the vast majority of the players will be keen to stay with us, and I wouldn’t expect there to be huge changes,” he said.
“We’re having quite a few players pushed in our direction, but we’ve got to be careful they tick all the right boxes. We have a strong squad that’s together, so we’re not really in a rush.
“We also have players with Conference South experience, so it’s not like we’re going up with a team full of kids. I don’t expect there to be wholesale changes, and we want to give the lads the chance to prove themselves.
“We’re confident they will adapt, and if a couple of them don’t we might make some changes then.”
The joint bosses, who are enjoying some much-needed time off, have been ‘grinning from ear to ear’ since Manny Williams’ late goal earned them a 2-1 win over Kings Lynn Town in the Southern League Play-off final.
Although they feel great pride at what they’ve achieved together over the past five years, Underwood and Baker are also extremely excited by the prospect of proving themselves again in the years to come.
“Now we have sat down with the chairman (Steve Easterbrook) we know what we can do, and we believe we can be competitive,” added Underwood.
“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved. The move to the new ground has helped us be more competitive, but we still had to go out and get the results.
“I think this is the right level for Slough as it stands, but the infrastructure is there to move on further.
“Boreham Wood just played in the Conference play-off final and they’re no bigger than Slough. It took us three years to get out of this division, but I believe this club can make another jump, and hopefully that will be with us at the helm.”
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