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WINDSOR boss Mick Woodham has confirmed a hat-trick of summer signings including former Fulham star Barry Hayles.

Woodham is keen for his young stars to learn from more seasoned players and veteran striker Hayles, 45, brings a wealth of experience.

The ex-Millwall and Plymouth Argyle forward has scored over 250 goals in his career and has won 10 international caps for Jamaica. He is expected to join Windsor in time for the friendly with Virginia Water on July 25.

Woodham also announced the signing of midfielders Paul Coyne and Jack Denton, the latter a former Reading U18s star, while Barry Dunbar and Robert Lazarczuk have both left the club.

Woodham told the Observer: “Ive not been able to keep the Barry Hayles deal quite because of social media but he will sign, there’s no doubt about that. He’s having a little break at the moment but will sign as a player and we will see him in a couple of weeks.

“Paul Coyne fits in very well. I’m delighted to have captured him because he’s a winner and has been very good in training.

“Jack Denton will sign but is on holiday at the moment. He has been playing at Reading for 10 years but will be a part of the Cox Green Academy so will be a big asset to us. Game time in men’s football is what he needs.

“Those are the ones who have signed. There are one or two still around but I’m reluctant to say anymore at the moment.

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PHOTO: Windsor have signed former Slough Town midfielder Paul Coyne.

“The kids here have got the ability but have they got game management at the moment, no. The older players carry that so for the younger ones to move forward and develop on the pitch we need some experience.

“They’re going to learn some harsh lessons, part of that will be to listen to experienced players and to play there own game.”

Windsor began their schedule of pre-season matches with a 1-0 win at Penn & Tylers Green on Tuesday. Nadir Shafi scored the only goal of the game and Woodham was delighted with the performance.

He said: “It was our first game back and we’ve not had to do too much pattern-wise because we’re working with the same group of players as last season.

“We walked into the game with familiar faces and it was a good performance to win. The teamsheet for the first 45 minutes showed a lot of regular names and that showed in the performance.

“If anyone says that results don’t matter in pre-season then they’re lying. We won the game, kept a clean sheet and the performance was good, so there are a lot of positives to take.

“We were fluid, which was a little surprising at this early stage, and got into our rhythm very quickly, so I was very pleased.”

Windsor welcome Maidenhead United to Stag Meadow this Saturday (12 noon) before a trip to Chalfont & St Peter on Tuesday (6.45pm).

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PHOTO: Mick Woodham has signed Barry Hayles and Paul Coyne to Windsor to break experience into the squad.

Woodham explained: “Maidenhead will represent a bigger challenge but we will focus on what we need to do and try to get something out of the 90 minutes. We will be more structured in terms of how many players we use.

“We don’t want a Maidenhead development side here. Mr Devonshire has guaranteed six or seven of the first team that finished last season. Maidenhead will split there squad with the other half going to Staines and we trust him [Devonshire].

"We want a proper work out and it will be Maidenhead’s first game since the end of last season, so we expect a decent team out. So from our point of view we don't want to introduce too many new faces in terms of game time.

"There is still a month to go until the start of the new season so there's no rush, and on Tuesday, we will look to use 20-odd players."

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