Blue Square Bet
Published 1st June 2012
.....successful season, manager Paul Doswell has returned to his planning for next season and has revealed that six members of last season's squad have been released, including centre back Sam Page, who captained the side during the second half of the season after Karim El-Salahi's retirement and made his 100th appearance for the club in the second leg of the play-off semi-final at Welling.
''Sam had originally committed to our new morning training schedules'', Doswell told the club`s official website, ''but his work circumstances have changed and he's done very well with his job, and now can't commit to the three mornings a week that we'll be doing.''
Two other members of the 2011 Ryman League championship-winning squad leaving are striker Leroy Griffiths and winger Fola Orilonishe.
The latter who spent the second half of last season on loan at Kingstonian and then AFC Hornchurch, who will be among Sutton's Conference South opponents next season after their promotion.
Completing the half-dozen are winger Tony Taggart, who joined at the start of last season, and defenders Anwar Uddin and Lewis Hunt, who were added to the squad after Christmas.
Doswell said: ''I'd like to thank all the players that are leaving for what they've done for the club and the help they've given us in achieving what we have over the past couple of years.''
With Page leaving, Doswell is particularly pleased to have secured the services of centre back Jamie Stuart, who signed last week. ''We needed a centre back who's commanding on the pitch and a good leader, which Jamie is, and he will be the new captain.
“We've also agreed terms with a League Two left-back who will add quality to the squad. Paul Telfer had to fill in too much last season, and it will also give Craig Braham-Barrett the chance to play further forward.''
The remainder of last season's squad feature in Doswell's plans as he looks forward to the season, and he also hopes that midfielder Tommy Kavanagh, who was with Staines Town for the second half of the campaign, will make an impact on the squad.
''Tommy and Romone McCrae will both be given the chance to really make their mark next season, and I've every confidence that they, along with the other young players like Kyle Vassell and Stefan Payne, can step up to the plate.
“I'm looking at a core squad of sixteen, with Paul Telfer and Wayne Shaw providing cover, and the good thing is the number of younger players – about half the squad will be 21 or under, we've got a few more in their mid-twenties and then a few more experienced players, so I think we'll have a good mix. It also means we can afford to keep the more experienced players such as Simon Downer on the back of having a large number of younger players in the squad.''