Ridgeons Football League
Published 8th July 2011
....not to take up a relegation reprieve and has now made himself a free agent.
The veteran striker, who hit more than forty goals in the 2008/09 season on Debenham’s first ever promotion to the Ridgeons Premier Division, believes the move shows “a lack of ambition” and has led him to open discussions elsewhere.
But Jopling, whose last two campaigns have been blighted by a long-term knee injury, says Debenham are still one of the clubs with an offer on the table, though he is also set to decide on two clubs in the Premier Division by the end of the weekend.
Of the situation of Debenham choosing not to stay in the Premier Division, after Whitton United were unable to take up promotion having not met ground improvement deadlines, he said: “My personal opinion is I am not supportive of it.
“To me it is about ambition, obviously people have different views, but it is easier to sustain that level by being the fourth worst team rather than being the first, second or third best team in the league below.”
But Rob Allum, Debenham’s new manager, said: “Debenham finished bottom of the league last season for a reason.
“It is not a lack of ambition by any stretch of the imagination, but rather taking one step back to take two forward.”