Maidenhead United boss Alan Devonshire says he knew Harry Pritchard would be leaving the club from the moment he discovered he’d got himself an agent after the away draw at Dover.

Pritchard, who has spent six seasons at York Road and was often favoured by Devonshire down the left flank, has signed a two-year deal with Blackpool. The midfielder has added goals to his game in recent years, scoring 16 as the Magpies finished 12th in the National League last season.

Speaking this week the Magpies’ manager said the club must be doing something right for two of its players to have moved to League One clubs. Pritchard follows Sam Barratt out of the door after he sealed a move to Southend United earlier this month.

“To get two boys into League One, we must be doing something right,” said Devonshire. “That’s why we’re in the game, to get boys like that into league football.

“Yeah I’m delighted for Harry; it’s a fantastic opportunity for him. It’s down to him now. Both boys are different, but they both want to better themselves and that’s half the battle.

“Harry can play on the left, play on the right, in the middle or in defence. I played him down the left and because it was working for us I thought, ‘why change it?’.

“We’re going to miss them both. But it provides opportunities for others. We’ve already signed Max Worsfold.”

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