Stuart Maynard talks about the Magpies four new signings

Last updated : 24 June 2024 By Magpie Mick

He said: “There was a lot of other interest for him [Matty Platt], which we knew there would be because we feel he is one of the most dominant centre-halves in the division and we know his technical ability is very high.

“He’s a very good footballer as well as being able to defend his box and that is something that he hasn’t really shown in the last few years. His defensive qualities have come on leaps and bounds and he is someone we are really looking forward to working with.

“[Jacob Bedeau] is athletic, we know he can overload teams with the way we want to play with our outside centre-halves. It will give us a new dimension in the final third because we’ll be able to get the likes of Jodi Jones more time on the ball.

“He’s a defender first and foremost and wants to defend his box. Again, he is probably one of the best in the division at defending one-on-one and the underlying statistics show we’ve got a real player on our hands. There's so much more development within his game. He’s a really good footballer and has adapted very quickly to men's football.

“He [Alex Bass] was probably one of the top three best goalkeepers in the division last season with 16 clean sheets at AFC Wimbledon, which was a big reason why they were close to the play-offs.

“We knew that it was an area we needed to address in the summer so it is something that we have been working on for a while now and we’re really excited to see what he can do.

“[Nick Tsaroulla] is someone that really impressed us because he can play on both sides as a wing-back. He’s left-footed and really brave on the ball - he can dribble but his work ethic is just as incredible and that also makes him very good defensively in one-on-one situations.

“His end product in the final third is good - Jodi [Jones] and [Aaron Nemane] have been incredible in those positions out wide on the attacking end but we need to make sure we have strength in depth.”