09:43AM, Wednesday 05 August 2020
After almost five months out of action, Maidenhead United’s coaching staff and players will get the ball rolling again on August 17 as preparations for the 2020/21 season get underway.
Boss Alan Devonshire is looking forward to seeing his players back in training, including his new signings, but understands his squad will have to follow the necessary coronavirus protocols.
Social distancing, along with training in small groups must be adhered to, as clubs in the National League look to get their players as close to full fitness before the new campaign starts on October 3.
The Magpies were due to play Bristol Rovers in a friendly this Saturday (August 8) but the match has now been cancelled and it doesn’t look like there’ll be time in Rovers’ calendar for the game to be rescheduled this summer.
“We’ll be looking to begin training between August 17 and August 24 but we don’t fully know what we’re allowed to do yet,” said Devonshire.
“I think we’ll have to start off with non contact training in groups of five and then see what else can be done. I can see it changing week to week so we won’t really know until we actually go in.
“Unfortunately the game against Bristol is off and I don’t imagine it will get rescheduled because they start their league in September. We’ll just need to work hard, do what we can, and make sure the boys are ready for the start of the season.”
The Magpies have been a busy club during lockdown and have swooped to bring in a variety of new players to bolster the squad following the departure of eight players, including Josh Kelly, Danny Whitehall and Joe Ellul. Devonshire is hopeful they can make an immediate impact.
“We’ve probably kept half a dozen players and we’re bringing in another eight or nine,” added Devonshire.
“I hope to get another two in the next week and then we might even have room to get in a couple more before the start of the new season.
“Our main aim is to get to those 50 points and I believe I’m bringing in the right players to achieve that.”
So far, Maidenhead have added Josh Coley, Danilo Orsi-Dadomo, Nathan Blissett, Shaun Donnellan and Manny Parry to their squad.
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