Wealdstone players Jonathan North and Matty Whichelow sign up for new season

PUBLISHED: 13:30 08 June 2017

Matty Whichelow of Wealdstone (right) is congratulated after scoring the opening Wealdstone goal at Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Matty Whichelow of Wealdstone (right) is congratulated after scoring the opening Wealdstone goal at Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Pair become latest to commit to Stones

Wealdstone have been handed a further boost ahead of the new National League South season after Jonathan North and Matty Whichelow agreed to stay at Grosvenor Vale.

Goalkeeper North has become something of a Stones stalwart since joining from Watford in 2010, picking up the club’s player of the season award in that time.

Like North, Whichelow is also a former Hornet, but moved to Wealdstone last summer after spells with Exeter City, Wycombe Wanderers, Accrington Stanley and Boreham Wood.

However, one player on his way out of Grosvenor Vale is Tom Hamblin after over 100 appearances for Stones.

Hamblin joined Wealdstone from Gloucester City in 2013 and was part of the team that won the Isthmian Premier in that season.

However, Hamblin has now accepted an offer from divisional rivals Hemel Hempstead Town ahead of the new campaign.

Away from player news, the weekend looks set to be an important one for not just Wealdstone, but all clubs across the three National League divisions.

With the competitions’ Annual General Meeting due to take place in Newport on Saturday, member clubs will vote on proposed changes to the play-off system.

As things currently stand, the teams in first place across all three divisions go up automatically, with clubs finishing from second to fifth competing in the play-offs, with two-legged semi-finals and a one-off final.

However, proposals put forward by the National League would now see teams as low as seventh make the play-offs.

Under the new structure, the team in first would still go up automatically, while second and third would receive byes to the semi-finals.

In the quarter-finals, the side in fourth would host seventh, while sixth would visit fifth.

The semi-finals would then see second host the winners of fourth versus seventh and the victors of fifth against sixth travel to third, with the winners making the final, to be hosted by the highest-ranked club.

All matches would take place over one leg, and early signs point towards the majority of member clubs accepting the proposals, which would be put in place ahead of the new season starting in August.

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