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MAGPIES: Clough on transfer list
CHARLIE Clough’s days at Dorchester Town appear to be numbered after the club accepted a transfer request from the defender yesterday.
However, until any offer that comes in for the former Bristol Rovers man is approved, he will remain part of Phil Simkin’s first-team set-up.
Clough, who turns 23 today, submitted the transfer request following last Saturday’s loss to Ebbsfleet United.
The centre-half signed a new one-year deal at the Avenue late last season with the club saying they would not stand in his way should a Football League come in for him.
But despite plenty of speculation over the summer, no offers were received for Clough and he has started all five of the team’s Skrill South fixtures so far.
Dorchester boss Simkin is disappointed at the prospect of losing one of his best players.
He said: “Cloughy is an exceptional player and no-one wants to lose good players.
“But the situation is what it is and he has asked for a transfer and has been put on the list. Cloughy is a professional and will continue to do his job.
“He has done very well for me during his time at the club though it looks to be coming to an end now.
“I’ll be very sorry to lose him but with full-time training at the right club he could step up to League football.”
The club say they are “disappointed” with Clough’s decision to submit the request but added that they would only consider an offer for the player that meets their valuation.
A statement on the club’s official website said: “It is with regret that the board of
directors have to announce that Charlie Clough has today submitted a transfer request, which the club has reluctantly accepted.
“Having rewarded Charlie with an improved contract towards the end of last season and honoured the agreement that should a League club make a bid for the player the club would not stand in his way, the club is naturally upset and disappointed with Charlie’s decision.
“Given the position that the team currently finds itself in, the club has reluctantly accepted the player’s request in the belief that team morale and the desire to turn around the current situation is of the upmost importance.
“The player has now been placed on the transfer list and the club will entertain only those offers that match the club’s valuation of the player.
“The club wish to stress that despite well-documented fin-ancial restraints in place this season, the club has no desire to sell our best players and will look to strengthen the team in the coming weeks.”
* The Magpies are hosting a quiz night in the Avenue’s lounge bar this Friday at 8pm.
Entry is £5 per person (teams up to six) and there are prizes of £50 for the winners, £20 for the runners-up and £10 for third place.
Tickets can be bought online at dorchestertownfc.com/events, by calling 850099 or emailing the club’s fundraising director David Read on david.read@ dorchestertownfc.com
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