04:00PM, Sunday 16 June 2019
New Slough Town signings Max Worsfold and Ryan Bird will bring something new to the Rebels squad according to joint manager Jon Underwood.
Slough swooped to bring in the pair from Maidenhead United as they look to bolster their attack for another shot at promotion from National League South.
“We are delighted to sign both of them,” said Underwood. “Ryan Bird is a big, strong target man striker and that a player we didn’t have in the squad.
“Max is a natural left-footed attacking player and since we lost James Dobson back in January, we haven’t had that.”
Worsfold and Bird were both used sparingly by Magpies boss Alan Devonshire last season, their campaigns blighted by poor form and injury. And while Underwood acknowledges both had difficult seasons at York Road, he's confident that with a full pre-season under their belts they can make a real impact at Arbour Park.
“Both will be big players for the club,” added Underwood.
“This time last year they were signing for Maidenhead off the back of good seasons – Ryan Bird had scored 16 goals in the league above for Dover Athletic and Max spent five years at Staines and was ready for the step up.
“Both didn’t have the best seasons last year, both had injury problems but both will have a point to prove.”
The two will be added to an already impressive attacking line-up for the Rebels, and Underwood admits that finding a balance between the five forwards they have on the books is the most important thing.
“We are a little top heavy,” said Underwood
“We have five forwards in the team – Manny Williams can drop back and play a little bit deeper but that still leaves us with four out-and-out forwards. We need to look at that and see how to keep players happy. But going into the beginning of the season it’s a heavy schedule of playing Saturday / Tuesday in the first month so we have one or two thoughts about how to manage it.”
Commenting on whether there would be any more arrivals at Arbour Park, Underwood stressed the key was quality over quantity, adding that he and Neil Baker would be keeping an eye on things happening in and around the league during pre-season.
“To be honest, we are happy with what we have got,” said Underwood. “Positions are open to be added too but it’s about quality.
“Last season we added Sam Togwell late and he was an important player for us.”
Slough will be back in for pre-season from July 2 as they look to build on last season’s impressive debut season in the National League South that saw the Rebels finish 11th and just three points off the play-off places.
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