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Deakin Blow for Badgers

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Blue Square Bet North club Eastwood Town’s frustrating season continued this week as goalkeeper Ian Deakin opted for….

….a move to Baris Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Staveley Miners Welfare.

Deakin, a fans’ favourite at Coronation Park during three spells with the club, has taken the option to return to where he started the season, with the Derbyshire side aiming for a Wembley appearance in the FA Vase.

And with the Badgers still 12 points adrift of safety in the Blue Square Bet North, manager John Ramshaw admitted losing Deakin was a blow.

He said: “I think Staveley have a chairman who is putting quite a bit of money in and with a potential Wembley final at stake they offered Deaks a financial package he couldn’t really refuse.

“When you’ve got players being offered big signing on fees and higher wages it’s hard for us to compete at the moment.

“Deaks came to me and Richard Cooper and sought advice on what to do, but ultimately it was up to him and it’s understandable that he went for an offer which financially was good for him and his family.”

Deakin’s departure means back-up goalkeeper Jake Want could now be given a run in the side having been sat on the substitutes’ bench for much of the season so far.

Ramshaw added: “Jake has been patient and deserves a chance to come in and show what he can do.

“He’s young and obviously not as experienced as Ian Deakin but playing games should help him a lot. We’re always looking ahead to next season too and if Jake can stake a claim then there’s no reason why he can’t make the number one shirt his own.”

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