Blue Square Bet
Published 13th May 2012
.....players who have “unfinished business” with the Blue Square Bet South, and he’s insisted that he has no intention of making any panic signings.
The Clarets narrowly missed out on the play-offs last time, but another attempt at promotion is now underway as Pennyfather and his management Team look ahead to next season. Having discussed his budget with chairman Mansell Wallace and chatted to each individual player, City’s boss is preparing a squad to move forward with.
Contracted to the club are defenders Kenny Clark, Aiden Palmer and Adam Tann, plus Max Cornhill, Craig Parker and Warren Whitely in midfield and striker Jamie Slabber. Goalkeeper Stuart Searle has agreed to stay, as has right-back Justin Miller, winger Ricky Modeste and forward Cliff Akurang. Pennyfather is also looking forward to seeing two wingers back from injury in Anthony Cook and Greg Morgan.
Commenting on the wide men’s confirmation that they’ll be staying at Chelmsford, he said: “I can’t wait to see Cookie back on the pitch and performing. The way the club have stayed loyal to him throughout the duration of his injury is an example of the good things that go on in non-League football. Similarly with Greg, the fans are yet to see the best of him and I’ve kept him here because he has a lot of quality.”
Elsewhere, talented young defender Mark Haines has been retained by the club and more detailed talks will shortly be underway with skipper David Rainford following the conclusion of TV series `Britain’s Got Talent`, on which his singing daughter Molly made it all the way to the final after a busy few weeks.
Pennyfather added: “We’ll be speaking at length with Rains, although he’s obviously been very pre-occupied since the end of the season as he’s no longer the only star in his household! We’re all right behind Molly and we spent a fair bit on votes for her! Rains is important to this club and we’ll be discussing the future at the next possible opportunity.”
Loan players Conor Gough, Alex Osborn and Bradley Hamilton have all waved goodbye and Pennyfather paid tribute to right-back Ben Nunn, who has been allowed to find a new club. The Clarets’ 2010/11 player of the year has found opportunities restricted recently and Pennyfather believes a move elsewhere will benefit him.
“The form of Justin Miller kept Nunny out of the side for much of the season, so we mutually agreed that at this stage of his career he’s not going to progress by sitting on the bench for Chelmsford City,” he explained. “He needs regular football and we obviously wish him well wherever he ends up as he’s a good footballer, and a good lad.”
Pennyfather is constantly assessing the credentials of new players, and he continued: “I’ve made a number of calls, and have received plenty too as there are players everywhere at this time of the year. It’s my job to make sure I bring in the right ones who’ll fit within our budget and what we’re trying to achieve here.”
“We missed out statistically by very small margins last season and we have a lot of talent at the club who’ve become that little bit wiser. I want to ensure everyone who’s already here is happy before I bring in fresh faces. We have to remember that we have no right to be near the top just because we’ve been there before - we have to earn it.”