11:35AM, Tuesday 21 June 2022
In a series of social media posts, spread across the whole of Tuesday, Slough Town announced some new signings for the 2022/23 season and welcomed back familiar faces to the Rebels fold.
Having announced its retained squad just a few weeks ago, Slough revealed some of the deals joint managers Jon Underwood and Neil Baker have been working on in recent weeks.
First of all, they announced that midfielder Aaron Kuhl would be staying on for another season. Kuhl had been having talks over extending his stay at Arbour Park, but wasn't included in the original list of retained players.
The Rebels have also re-signed defender George Wells following his two-season stint with Maidenhead United in the National League.
Striker Ben Harris, who looked set to move away from the club after last season is also back, as is central defender Guy Hollis, who departed for Havant & Waterlooville midway through last season.
Winger James Dobson has also returned to the club after playing at a higher level for sides including Sutton United and Dagenham & Redbridge.
Finally, they've added to their firepower, with experienced striker Elliot Benyon joining from Oxford City and attacking midfielder Johnny Goddard joining from St Albans City. While certain players have moved on for their own respective reasons - such as Freddie Grant and Alfonso Tenconi - the Rebels appear to have added more quality and depth to their squad as they prepare to go into the 2022/23 season.
“We are really happy with what we've got,” said Underwood. “Things don't always happen quickly, but we have been speaking to these lads on and off for the past month and it was great to be able to announce them all in one go and on social media it certainly caught people's attention.
“With Freddie Grant leaving for Farnborough, we needed a left back, so we were really pleased to get George Wells back. He was brilliant for us before he went to Maidenhead. He’s been gone for two years but he very much knows the squad, knows us, and we know exactly what we are going to get from him.
“Elliot Benyon is a forward, another one we’ve known about for a number of years.
“We have watched him a lot. We know exactly what he will bring. He is an experienced player, a good character, and he was looking for a new challenge, so I think it’s good timing for him to come to us. Johnny Goddard, from St Albans, had a great season last season and we feel him and James Dobson are going to add a lot of creativity to the side. We probably didn’t score enough goals last year and I think they will certainly help to create more chances for us. They are two very creative attacking midfield players. I am pleased to get them in.
He added: “Keeping Aaron Kuhl was huge for us. He was a standout player for us last year and there was a lot of interest for him. He’s stayed loyal, however, and we’re delighted. He is one of the best central midfielders in the league.
“Guy Hollis has returned too. Guy only left us in January and there were reasons behind that but he has been with Bakes (Neil Baker) and myself for 11 years so he is one that we were always keen on bringing back if the circumstances were right.
“He brings some experience and strength to the defence. Edon Pruti and Joe Dandy, they are two very young centre-halves who done very well but we’ve got Guy back in to support them.
“Ben Harris is back as well. We have been a little bit light up front and he originally did leave the club. But he has gone away and trained really hard over the summer. Our only concern with him was fitness but we've had a sit down with him and Bakes and I reached an agreement that he could still do a job for us. He wanted to come back and show that too and Ben Harris is a huge player for any team in this league.
“So yeah, we’ve got some good young players with the squad, numbers-wise it’s fine, and there might be room for one more forward. But we’re not far off completing our business to be honest.”
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