02:00PM, Tuesday 04 May 2021
Matt Lench is returning to Slough after a brief stint with Wealdstone
There were several notable departees, returnees and new signings to and from the Rebels camp this week as joint managers Jon Underwood and Neil Baker continue to build for next season.
This week Slough announced that goalkeeper Jack Turner and experienced centre half Sam Togwell would be leaving the club, however, the loss of two key first team players has been tempered by the return of Matt Lench and Scott Davies to the fold.
The club also revealed that goalkeeper Jonathan North is set to take over Turner’s number one spot, while forward Tom Derry has also signed from Braintree Town.
Joint manager Neil Baker told the club’s website: “Jack has been with us for four years and has been a fantastic servant to the club, however with his move to Hayling Island last summer it was felt that a new and fresh challenge was needed for him.
“We would like to place on record our thanks to Jack, who helped us win promotion in his first season at the club and played a huge part in establishing us at National League South level, including a player of the month award.
“Wherever Jack ends up, they will gain an excellent keeper and we wish him and his family the best for the future.”
He added: “After an excellent and distinguished playing career, Sam has made the tough choice to hang up his boots and concentrate on his career outside football.
“Having joined us to play alongside his brother Lee, Sam has now been with us for three seasons and has been an integral part of the team. He has demonstrated his professionalism and ability, and like Jack, will be missed.
“We thank both for their service to Slough Town, and both will be welcomed back in the future.”
On the flip side, Baker and Underwood will be delighted to get the former Wealdstone number one on board while Derry is a player they’ve had their eyes on for a little while.
“Most people locally will know Jonathan from his over 10 years’ service as Wealdstone’s number one, where he is somewhat of a legend,” added Baker. “He joins us from Hendon, where he had a short spell which was cut short by the pandemic.
“A great shot stopper who we have come across a number of times, Jonathan is highly thought of by managers and players alike, and we are delighted he has joined the club.
“Trent Phillips will work with both Northy and Michael Edegbe from the U23s, who has trained with the first team squad now for the last six months.
“Tom has been known to us for a while having played in the same Kingstonian team as Alan Inns and George Wells as a youngster, and he is one that we have kept an eye on. In recent seasons he has also been with Tonbridge Angels.”
The managers also said they were delighted to bring Davies and Lench back to the Rebels where they ‘very much feel at home’. Baker and Underwood felt they missed Davies’ presence both on and off the field last season while Lench has been welcomed back after his move to Wealdstone last season ‘didn’t work out the way he wanted’.
The club are also in talks with a few other players and further updates on that front are expected to be made in the coming weeks. The management team are also very hopeful several players from the u23s squad will be able to make the step up to senior level football this season.
The race to get as many people vaccinated against coronavirus has ramped up in the Royal Borough and Slough amidst an ongoing rise in cases across the country.