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TERRAS: Clay expects Arlesey to be his final game
THE Terras are in negotiations with Danny Clay over his potential release.
Both parties confirmed the news to Echosport yesterday but, according to Clay, the “finer details” surrounding his impending departure are still yet to be agreed.
The 28-year-old midfielder will travel with the rest of the squad to Arlesey Town this afternoon (3pm) but he fully expects it to be his final outing for the club.
Clay, who lives in Devon, told Echosport: “I want to focus on my work commitments and play a bit more locally.
“My release from Weymouth has been agreed in principle and today will be my last game for the club.
“I have been playing football for 10 years and with all the travelling and my work commitments, it is very difficult to maintain.”
When asked whether he has another club lined up, Clay added: “No, not yet. It has all come about pretty quickly and I just want to enjoy the next couple of weekends, and try and get away and get some sun somewhere.
“I will then come back and just take it from there.”
Clay has enjoyed his time at the Terras but at the same time cannot help but feel disappointed with the way this season has panned out.
He added: “Weymouth has a great fanbase and is a good club but it is clear we have under achieved this year with the team we have.
“Jason Matthews has now taken over as manager and clearly wants to make changes.
“He wants to push on and get a younger team in and I wish him and the club the best of luck in the future.”
Matthews is determined to put his own mark on the club and a shake-up of the squad built by his predecessor Brendon King was always expected.
Unfortunately for the Weymouth boss, his options have been severely limited this week and the Terras will travel to Bedfordshire today with doubts hanging over several players.
Matt Cafer and Barry McConnell have already been ruled out of the trip along with long-term absentees Simon Evans, Kyle Critchell, Jamie Symes and Dave Allen.
There are also fears surrounding the fitness of Luke Winsper (ankle), Luke Burbidge (hamstring) and Stewart Yetton (dead leg).
* Former Weymouth assets Des Bulpin and Simon Weatherstone have been taken up first-team coaching roles in the Championship. Bulpin has joined Ian Holloway’s backroom staff at Millwall while Weatherstone has linked up with Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall at AFC Bournemouth.
* The Calor Southern Premier League meeting between the Terras and Chesham United at the Bob Lucas Stadium has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 4.
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