AFC Sudbury - Skipper says no-one will want to leave

STAYING PUT? AFC Sudbury skipper Sam Clarke, yellow, believes no-one wants to leave the club, despite missing out on promotion.                                                           Picture: Rob Parr. SFP170312RPF
STAYING PUT? AFC Sudbury skipper Sam Clarke, yellow, believes no-one wants to leave the club, despite missing out on promotion. Picture: Rob Parr. SFP170312RPF
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AFC Sudbury captain Sam Clarke believes a failure to make the play-offs will not see key members of the current squad flying the nest to play at a higher level, writes Russell Claydon.

The Yellows’ skipper believes an enticing cocktail of fantastic facilities, a manager players want to play for and friends on and off the pitch will be more than enough to ensure they have another shot at promotion together.

AFC conclude their season at home to 16th-placed Heybridge Swifts at The MEL Group Stadium on Saturday (3pm) with nothing but pride to play for after their slim play-off hopes were finally extinguished by their 1-0 at Romford.

But Clarke hopes his side can go out on a high while believing the squad they currently have at their disposal will not be depleted by a failure to get promoted this time around.

“It is such a good club,” he said. “Facilities-wise it is good, the players enjoy playing there and I do not think anyone is going to be overly interested in any attention from elsewhere, unless a club from several leagues above us comes in offering ridiculous money, then it might make people think.”

The midfielder, who has started 45 of AFC’s 54 games in all competitions this season, added: “Everyone gets on with Lurch (manager Chris Tracey) and everyone wants to play for him – he is so positive.

“We are always laughing and joking about as a team, going out together, which helps on the pitch and I cannot see anyone leaving Sudbury.”