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Skrill North club AFC Telford United have formally made Dan Preston available for transfer after circulating the…

….defender’s name for a loan or permanent move.

The former Birmingham City centre-back asked to leave the New Bucks Head last week, after making just one start in the opening nine games of the season.

The 22-year-old has been an unused substitute in two fixtures since but last Saturday’s FA Cup conquerors Hednesford Town have refuted that they are tracking him.

Telford manager Liam Watson has been as good as his word in granting Preston’s wish to depart and is waiting for interested parties to make themselves known.

Watson said: “We needed Dan for the cup game but he’s been circulated as being available, for loan or a permanent transfer, so we will see what happens now.

“If someone doesn’t want to be here, that kind of scenario needs to be dealt with.”

The dust is still settling on last Saturday’s 3-1 cup defeat to Hednesford at home, with Watson collecting his thoughts on a run that now stands at one victory from their last five games.

The Bucks boss believes his experienced players are not at their best, which is having a knock on effect, but has called on his players to stick together as they search for a winning formula.

Watson said: “The one thing we learned about Hednesford is that we have got to get that sort of spirit into us and it’s hard, with the amount of new players we have. That’s not rocket science.

“I look at the really experienced players in the team and we have Ryan Young and Simon Grand, vice-captain and captain, plus Tony Gray and Matthew McGinn, to a degree.

“They haven’t got anywhere near to what they are capable of at a consistent level yet, Ryan is as good goalkeeper as anyone in the division and Tony has as good a record as any striker.

“Matthew has won the title at this level and Simon has been my captain before, it’s up to these players to start leading from the front a bit. I am not pointing the finger at anyone, though.

“It’s down to us all, collectively. We have all got to do better.”

Former Telford winger Kris Taylor took to Twitter after playing for Hednesford in the cup game to claim that the team spirit at his current club is better than at his former side.

Watson retorted: “It’s easy for someone on the outside to say that and, when you are the biggest club in the league, people will want to have a little pop at you.

“But, as far as he’s concerned, how would he know what goes on in our changing room?”

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