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MAGPIES: Money is not reason for wanting away - Clough
DORCHESTER Town defender Charlie Clough insists that money is not the reason behind his wish for a move away from the county town club.
The 23-year-old has had a transfer request accepted by the club and told Echosport yesterday that his motivation was purely down to a desire to play at a higher level.
Clough made it clear that he would continue to give his best for the club while still a Magpie and stressed that he doesn’t want to leave on bad terms.
“I’m not a greedy person and this is not about money,” he said categorically. “I’m not looking to leave because I want more money elsewhere.
“I’m looking to move to further my own football career.
“I’ve just turned 23 and time is going to run out if I don’t kick on in the next few years.
“People will ask me why I didn’t put the transfer request in before I signed my new deal at the end of last season.
“When I signed that, we had just had our best season ever and nearly got into the play-offs.
“I thought we could push on from that but after the changes over the summer the budget was cut, players left and that was going to make it a hard season.
“The ambition at the club isn’t there at the moment and I’m looking to move on.”
The club and Magpies’ boss Phil Simkin have stated that Clough will still be a part of the first-team squad while he remains at the Avenue.
And Clough is more than happy to be involved, adding: “I don’t want to be seen as someone leaving on bad terms.
“I’m still available and if Phil wants me to play then I will – I’m not going to turn around and say I’m not playing.
“If they don’t want me, they don’t want me, but while I’m still a Dorchester player, I will do a job.”
Clough hasn’t ruled out the possibility of joining one of Dorchester’s Skrill South rivals if a move to a club higher up the league ladder doesn’t come to fruition.
The centre-half has started all of Dorchester’s league matches so far this season but was sent off late on in the 3-1 reverse against Ebbsfleet United last weekend.
He and Alan Walker-Harris, also dismissed in that game, are both set to serve one-match bans a week on Saturday when the Magpies host Bishops Stortford.
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