AFC Sudbury set to boost attacking line

DEPARTED: Aaron Greene has left AFC Sudbury to join Bishop's Stortford
DEPARTED: Aaron Greene has left AFC Sudbury to join Bishop's Stortford

Andy Reynolds has revealed AFC Sudbury are in the latter stages of tying up a deal for an attacking player with higher-level pedigree ahead of Saturday’s trip to Dulwich Hamlet (3pm).

Before Tuesday’s emphatic 7-2 Suffolk Premier Cup win over lower-league Walsham-le-Willows, the club announced both transfer-listed right-back Ben Robinson (Cambridge City) and left-sided utility player Aaron Greene (Bishop’s Stortford) had left.

But assistant manager Reynolds was confident of boosting the squad with the addition of an exciting attacking player in time for the trip to last season’s losing Ryman League Premier Division play-off finalists.

“A conversation was had very soon after hearing Greeney was off and hopefully something can be done by the weekend,” he said.

“We are looking for an attacking player, someone who plays at the top end of the pitch, as we feel that is where we need the cover at the minute.”

He added of the unnamed target: “They have always played at a higher level than this, so hopefully it is the right fit.”

Greene signed for AFC on the eve of the season after been released from Brentford, having not made a first-team appearance and following a bad knee injury.

The 21-year-old, who moves up a league with National League South side Bishop’s Stortford, played 15 times for Sudbury, scoring three goals.

“Stortford have made him a very good offer for his personal situation and he has got ambitions to go back into the (professional) game,” said Reynolds.

“We wish him all the best. He has been great for us in the dressing room and on the pitch.”

Robinson, who arrived from Haverhill Rovers in September 2014, started out with his new club, Evo-Stik Southern League side Cambridge City, and made 118 appearances for AFC, scoring four times.

“We need Robbo to be remembered for everything he did in Ryman One to get us to the level we are at because it has been a tough start to the season for him, by his own admission,” said Reynolds.

“He is a great lad and a good player but at the minute we are probably not the right club for him.”

AFC (6th) head to Dulwich Hamlet (7th) looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Bognor Regis Town with Robinson’s more defensive-minded replacement, Anthony Furlonge (hamstring), a doubt, while striker Luke Callander (knee) is definitely ruled out.