Blue Square Bet
Published 7th June 2012
But manager David Livermore said he had not given up hope of the pair being at the Glassworld Stadium next season.
Skipper Sparkes and centre half Clerima have turned down two-year and one-year contracts respectively.
Livermore said he understood why the players had decided not to sign with many issues at Histon unable to be resolved until after the club’s general meeting tomorrow.
He said: "I spoke to Remy last Saturday morning about it and he said at this stage he just wants to keep his options open, which I can understand.
"It doesn’t mean he wants to leave the club, but if there’s an opportunity somewhere to go to a higher league, he wants to take it.
"He said he has got no interest in going to a lower level and he just wants to improve himself.
"The same goes for Sparky with his reasons for rejecting the agreement and he’d have been tied in on a two-year contract. At this club, moving to a higher level is what we encourage in some ways and if we can help them out and they can move on to bigger and better things, that’s good."
But Livermore said he still hoped to be in a position to offer both Sparkes and Clerima improved terms to stay depending on the outcome of the meeting where a new board is set to be voted in to take the helm.
He said: "That’s what we’d like to do, but at the moment we just need to get the meeting out of the way.
"I think, as a club, we need to be proactive because we’ve had phone calls about both if them. We need to counter any offer that they might be getting from elsewhere and persuade them to stay at Histon, but we’ll have a better picture of where we are after the meeting."