Ryan Bird says he signed for Maidenhead United this week because he and the club are a ‘perfect fit’.

The former Burnham striker, who lives in Windsor, has played for Portsmouth, Cambridge United, Yeovil Town, Eastleigh, Newport County and Dover Athletic in the past five years, but he believes now is the time to ‘come home’.

The 6ft 4in targetman was not short of offers from clubs, but Maidenhead was the first choice for the Berkshire-born player.

“I had four offers in total,” the 30-year-old said. “But I have become sick and tired of all the travelling.

“I have always lived in Windsor, haven’t relocated to any of my clubs, so there’s been a lot of travelling.”

“But, for me, the move ticked all the right boxes. It was a no-brainer. It was always going to be Maidenhead, unless Manchester United wanted me!”

Bird says he knows the Magpies well and says he can do a good job for them. I played against Maidenhead last season (for Dover Athletic) and thought they were decent.,” he said.

“I was surprised by the size of the crowd. They get good numbers and they are close to the pitch too which gives the ground a good atmosphere.

“I’m really looking forward to working with (manager) Alan Devonshire, who is a bit of a legend, and meeting the lads.”

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