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Top goal scorer Tarpey to stay at Maidenhead United as Devonshire builds a new squad

Top goal scorer Tarpey to stay at Maidenhead United as Devonshire builds a new squad

Graeme Copas


Maidenhead United manager Alan Devonshire.

Maidenhead United manager Alan Devonshire has wasted no time in building his squad at York Road with contracts being offered to current key players while new faces have been brought in.

Devonshire, who officially returned to the club on Tuesday for a second spell as boss, has crucially secured the signature of last season's top goal scorer Dave Tarpey, a player he has previously worked with.

Tarpey hit 22 goals and swept the board at the end of season awards, receiving recognition from the manager, players and supporters as well as the inevitable golden boot.

Promising youngster Sam Barratt has taken up the option of a second year's contract while Ryan Upward and Harry Pritchard have also been offered terms.

Devonshire is also in talks with other members of last season's squad.

In addition, the 59-year-old has attracted in some experienced players including Braintree Town defenders Alan Massey and Ryan Peters who have followed Devonshire in moving from the Essex club to York Road.

Twenty-six-year-old Massey is a centre back who was at Cressing Road for almost three seasons, making more than 100 appearances. He has also played for Wealdstone and Wycombe Wanderers.

Ex Brentford and Margate right back Ryan Peters, who has also appeared more 100 times for the Iron, will combine playing duties by assisting Devonshire as 1st team coach alongside Sam Lock.

Highly rated centre back Dean Inman has also joined from Hayes & Yeading.

The 24-year-old, who worked with Devonshire at Hampton & Richmond Borough, tweeted his joy at the move.

He said: "I am relishing the new opportunity to be reunited with Devonshire at Maidenhead , buzzing to get the season started."

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