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MAGPIES: Jermyn has a mark of concern
CLUB captain Mark Jermyn has expressed his concern over the likelihood of more players leaving the Magpies.
Chairman Neal Butterworth told supporters earlier this week he expects another “two or three” squad members to depart the Avenue as the board tries to balance the books.
A raft of first-team regulars including Charlie Clough, Ashley Nicholls, Arran Pugh and Ben Watson have left the county town club since the end of last season and Jermyn is worried what effect more going could have.
The skipper feels everything has to be done to keep the current squad together for as long as possible to prevent the team going into freefall.
“It’s worrying when you hear that we still need to lose two or three players,” he told Echosport. “There are certain players who if they did go it would be like taking the pillars out of the foundations.
“And if you do that everything is going to fall down.
“We all know there are financial reasons for doing it but those in charge have got to be savvy about the way they choose who can go.
“Without money you can’t replace someone like Jamie Gleeson because a player with his work rate is not easily replaceable.
“If we keep this group together for as long as possible it will only be good for this club.
“If we lose too many players then we won’t have the characters to keep it together.”
Jermyn has spoken at length with his chairman in recent weeks and is hopeful something can be worked out.
“The club is going through the toughest time it has ever known,” he added. “It has never been in this position before and it is going through such a big change.
“The only thing we can do is stick together, get through it, and hopefully the club will be in a better position in two or three years.
“We’re hoping to stay in the league we’re in and we know it’s going to be one hell of a fight given our position after only 10 games.
“Dorchester have never been really big payers and we’ve never broken the bank for anyone.
“We’re not paying £800-900 a week like some clubs in our league, but it’s still people’s money at the end of the day.
“People’s jobs are on the line and it’s not a nice position to be in.”
Meanwhile, the Magpies were beaten 6-0 by Yeovil Town in a friendly at the Avenue last night.
Andy Williams scored a hat-trick for the Championship outfit, who included former Dorchester striker Kieffer Moore in their starting line-up.
Joel Grant, Paddy Madden and Sam Foley also found the net for the Glovers as Magpies’ boss Phil Simkin gave several youngsters like Dan Munday and Will Gape the chance to impress.
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