Good riddance says Westley

PUBLISHED: 10:23 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Anthony Elding

Anthony Elding

EXILED striker Anthony Elding left Broadhall Way this week with the expected parting shot at boss Graham Westley. The 23-year-old had been frozen out by Westley following a series of bust-ups and joined Nationwide Conference North Kettering Town on Monday

EXILED striker Anthony Elding left Broadhall Way this week with the expected parting shot at boss Graham Westley.

The 23-year-old had been frozen out by Westley following a series of bust-ups and joined Nationwide Conference North Kettering Town on Monday.

The deal is believed to be £40,000 - a club record for the Poppies - and is partly performance based. Boro have also secured a significant proportion of any future transfer fees.

Elding said: "All I ever wanted to do was play football and I have not been able to do that recently due to one man - Graham Westley."

Westley, in his exclusive monthly column for The Comet, said he had blocked Elding moving into the League or joining another Conference outfit.

He writes: "No matter how hard he fought, I refused to allow him to leave Stevenage for the Football League..

"........Ant finally managed to force me to let him go but I stuck to my guns.

".......I sincerely hope that Anthony learns a lot in this episode about teamwork."

With Elding and Michael Brough gone (to Forest Green Rovers), Westley is now looking to increase the size of his squad.

But he admitted he is struggling to pin players down due to their wage demands.

"It's very difficult and there's a lot of money out there at some places.

"We've got great facilities and there are lots of reasons why players would want to come here.

"But contrary to certain reports, we do not have the budget of some of the other clubs in the league.

"I'm going to have to be patient but my preferences are still available.

"I'm also fortunate we've got a pretty decent squad to start with."

Boro will be looking to capture six points as they entertain basement side Southport (Saturday) and old rivals Woking (Tuesday) at Broadhall Way in the next week.

Barry Laker is suspended on Saturday, while Ollie Berquez and Jon Nurse are injury doubts.

Skipper Jason Goodliffe and Simon Weatherstone are also expected to return to training this month.

Westley added that he realises the importance of the midweek visit of Woking.

"I know from the feedback I get from the fans the significance of the Woking game.

"The players will be fired for Tuesday but every game in the Conference needs winning and Saturday at home to Southport is another three points we need to win.

"We need to stay unbeaten and keep the momentum going.

"There are a lot of points to be won, or lost by other clubs, until the end of the season."

The trip to Exeter City on February 4 has been postponed due to the continued involvement of the Grecians in the FA Trophy.

The game at St James' Park is now on Tuesday, March 7.

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