Boro stars get the boot
MARCUS CRAWLEY reports A mass clear-out has taken place at Stevenage Boro. A dozen players have been released so far with more possibly set to go. The latest to join those seeking new clubs are midfielder Simon Weatherstone, striker Jefferson Louis and nu
MARCUS CRAWLEY reports
A mass clear-out has taken place at Stevenage Boro.
A dozen players have been released so far with more possibly set to go.
The latest to join those seeking new clubs are midfielder Simon Weatherstone, striker Jefferson Louis and number two goalkeeper Shane Gore.
They join defender Barry Laker who has retired and the departing Justin Gregory, Danny Williams, Eric Obinna, David Perpetuini, Matt Hocking, Laurie Stewart, Gary Schillaci and Kieron Deane.
Mickey Warner and Rob Quinn are having further discussions this week.
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Dino Maamria and skipper Jason Goodliffe will be at Broadhall Way next season along with the likes of Alan Julian, Ronnie Henry, Luke Oliver, Dannie Bulman, George Boyd and Adam Miller.
Others retained on contracts include the youthful trio of Chris Sullivan, Ieuan Lewis and Sam Hatton.
Monday's board meeting at Boro did not yield any clues as to the future of manager Graham Westley whose contract runs out next month.
Discussions are still ongoing and Westley said simply: "The latest position is that the club and I are discussing what we want from each other before deciding whether or not to agree a new contract."
Chairman Phil Wallace added: "Graham has a contract until June - most of the player decisions on our squad have already been made.
"This is not prevarication - club business is going on as usual as you would expect from a professional like Graham.
"New players are being watched and players that have been targeted over the season are being talked to.
"Graham has built a winning ethos at Stevenage from the lowest possible start point and that achievement over three years deserves respect and an open, honest debate between the parties concerned."
Wallace has resigned as vice-chairman and director of the Conference.
He continued: "I'm quite happy with my investment and management of Stevenage Boro and don't intend to change that.
"But I do intend to spend more time in the USA over the coming months and years as my US business is now larger than any of my other operations.
"As such I must face the fact that I will not have the same amount of time available to devote to Conference business in future.
"I'll miss the cut and thrust of board meetings but my nature is such that I must be able to give 100 per cent to take part, which is no longer possible."
* Boro are hopeful of securing a new main sponsor in the next week.
AVC Broadband are not renewing their sponsorship after backing the Boro for the last two seasons.
The new sponsor will appear on the new home kit which will be introduced in July.
* The club are holding their annual corporate six-a-side competition at Broadhall Way this Sunday.
The action kicks off at 10.30am and the presentations should be around 4.30pm
* Former Boro striker Anthony Elding, released by Kettering last week, has rejoined League Two side Boston United.
He could be set for an early return to Boro as the Pilgrims are due to visit Broadhall Way in July for a pre-season friendly.