08:00AM, Monday 24 August 2020
Neil Baker has wished former players George Wells and Manny Williams all the best after their respective moves to near neighbours Maidenhead United and Burnham.
After three impressive seasons at Arbour Park left-back Wells has made the short trip down the Bath Road to play for Alan Devonshire’s Magpies in the National League.
“We sat down with Wellsy, but we’d already made the decision because we knew that he was ambitious and wanted to move on,” said Baker. “We didn’t want to be in a position where we were sitting around, not knowing what Wellsy wanted to do.
“He obviously has an agent who we knew would be looking to move him on. We had a conversation with Wellsy where we said to him ‘look, we wish you all the best, go and make that step up now’. He’s given us three great years at Slough, and he deserves that opportunity. It’s a great opportunity for him at Maidenhead to play in the National Premier. We wish him the best.
Williams, who netted some crucial goals for the Rebels during his time with the club – including the winner in the play-off final at King's Lynn Town two years ago – has taken a slightly different route, linking up with Ashleigh James to be part of Burnham’s management team in the Hellenic Premier Division.
“Manny is just a gentleman of the game,” added Baker. “He’s well loved at this club by us, by the players and the fans. I’m sure he’ll go on to be loved at Burnham. He and Ashleigh will go on to put a competitive side together. I wish them the best of luck and, if we can help them out at all we’ll do that.”
Williams said on Twitter: “Absolutely delighted to start this new adventure with Burnham and Ashleigh James. I am sure there will be ups and downs but I will take the positives from every encounter and learn from any errors.”
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