Broughie’s the first to leave Boro

PUBLISHED: 12:06 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Michael Brough is on his way from Boro to join Forest Green Rovers

Michael Brough is on his way from Boro to join Forest Green Rovers

Michael Brough is the first Stevenage Boro player to depart in the January sales. The injury-plagued midfielder will sign for Conference rivals Forest Green today (Thursday). Boro boss Graham Westley said: Broughie is a fabulous lad but the simple truth

Barry Laker in action during Boro’s 1-0 win at York City on Tuesday night

Michael Brough is the first Stevenage Boro player to depart in the January sales.

The injury-plagued midfielder will sign for Conference rivals Forest Green today (Thursday).

Boro boss Graham Westley said: "Broughie is a fabulous lad but the simple truth is this.

"I need to create some room for Ieaun Lewis in the squad and I don't want Michael to be waiting behind a youngster in the pecking order."

The 24-year-old Brough added: "Although I've enjoyed my two years at Stevenage, I need to be playing regularly at my age.

"Injuries have curtailed my progress at the club and I'd like to thank the fans for sticking by me when I was injured for so long.

"There's no bitterness there; it's just part of football that you move on and I'm looking forward to the new challenge at Forest Green.

"Their manager, Gary Owers, is a good friend as I started my career as an 18-year-old at Notts County playing alongside him.

"I still think Stevenage have got a good squad and are good enough to go up."

Westley confirmed he is likely to adopt a three in, three out policy for this month's transfer window.

He said: "You can never be absolutely sure who will go. While the players are still here, they've got to have the chance to impress me."

One man certainly not figuring in his plans is exiled striker Anthony Elding.

The England National Game XI striker has been linked with a number of clubs after finally losing the backing of his manager following several highly-publicised altercations.

Westley said: "He can rot in his own juices as far as I'm concerned."

# After their exertions away from home, Boro have a 10-day break before the visits of Southport (January 21) and arch rivals Woking (January 24) in quick succession.

A Boro XI will host Tring Athletic in the quarter-finals of the Herts Senior Cup at Broadhall Way on Tuesday night.

# Darryn Stamp scored a hat-trick as Boro reserves lost 4-3 to Southend yesterday (Wednesday).

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