Magpies swoop for Coley and Orsi-Dadomo as summer rebuild gets underway

Josh Coley

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Maidenhead United’s summer rebuild is underway in earnest, with the club announcing the signings of former Norwich City prospect Josh Coley and Hampton & Richmond Borough striker Danilo Orsi-Dadomo.

Last week the Magpies confirmed the departure of eight players, including strikers Josh Kelly and Danny Whitehall, and central defender Joe Ellul. The process has now begun to create a new squad ready for the new campaign and capable of being competitive in the National League.

Alan Devonshire’s first summer captain is 21-year-old Coley, a midfielder who began his career with Southern League side Hitchin Town before impressing in a trial and signing a deal with Norwich City in 2018. Coley regularly featured for the Canaries u23s side and went out on loan to Scottish Championship side Dunfermline Athletic, making his first appearance in a 3-2 Scottish League Cup win over St Mirren. His Canaries contract was cancelled by mutual consent in February 2020 after which he spent a short time with Stotfold.

He’ll now be looking to recapture the form he showed in 2018 which earned him a move to Norwich.

Chief Scout Lee Devonshire told the club’s website: “Josh is a young lad who did very well at Baldock Town thus earning a big move to Norwich back in 2018.

“He is a winger who has played plenty of times in the u23s, but as many young lads find, breaking into a Premier League XI is very difficult.

“He had a loan move to Dunfermline in Scotland only last season. He is a young man who is hungry to kick on and Norwich spoke very highly of him when we spoke to them which is important to us, so we look forward to working with him this season.”

Danilo Orsi-Dadomo will be one of the men tasked with replacing Kelly and Whitehall’s goals. The 24-year-old top scored for Hampton last season, and – like Whitehall – has also spent time in the USA, breaking college national goal-scoring records. The 6ft2ins striker had a spell with EFL outfit Oldham Athletic before signing for National League South side East Thurrock. He then moved to Hungerford Town where his goals helped save the West Berkshire side from relegation. He joined Hampton at the start of last season and scored 15 goals in 36 games before the season was abruptly ended.

Beavers manager Gary McCann spoke highly of the player, saying he was ‘disappointed to lose a player of his quality’.

“It's not just on the pitch where Danilo excels, it's also off it and he will be a big loss within the changing room,” he said. “The improvement to his game was clear to see throughout the season."

On the club’s second signing, Lee Devonshire added: "Danilo is one who has been in the National League South for the past few seasons, scoring goals at Hungerford and more recently Hampton. He is a hard-working centre-forward who is very composed in front of goal with a great attitude and another who wants to kick on in his career. We hope to give him the platform to do that and we look forward to working with him."

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Central defender Joe Ellul has signed for Maidstone United of the National League South, after his departure from the Magpies was confirmed last week.

Ellul, who impressed in his only season for United last year, will link up once again with Stones boss Hakan Hayrettin, who also signed striker Scott Rendell.

The 31-year-old has agreed a one-year deal at the Gallagher Stadium.

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