AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold is still hopeful of re-signing Danny Cunningham, but conceded the deal must be right for both parties, writes Sam Murley.
The midfielder, who spent the latter stages of last season with the club in their march to the Ryman League Division One North title, has again been part of Godbold’s squad throughout pre-season as he aims to secure a permanent deal at The Wardale Williams Stadium.
But while the manager revealed both parties are keen on a deal, he also admitted that the move is not a straight forward one.
“A deal for Danny is still a work in progress,” admitted Godbold. “For us he’s not really been 100 per cent fit since he joined and he’s had a few knocks here and there.
“From our point-of-view we need to know going into the season that players can last a full 90 minutes.
“I’d absolutely love to keep him, and I know he’s also keen to sign, but we have to be sure any deal is right for both parties.”
One player who will definitely not be signing for the club is trialist Ryan Horne.
“We liked Ryan and he had a great attitude,” added Godbold. “However, he was just too similar to what we have already in the squad and I’m looking for a bit of variety.”
Meanwhile, pre-season has been in full swing for Sudbury, with the club continuing their busy fixture schedule.
Having seen his side lose 1-0 to Royston Town on Saturday, Godbold had two teams in action on Tuesday evening with one side beating Newmarket Town 6-3, while the other had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Godmanchester Rovers.
But preparations for the upcoming Ryman League Premier Division campaign are not finished yet, despite tonight’s home game with Bishop’s Stortford being off. AFC travel to Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday, before preparing for a mouth-watering visit from Mick McCarthy and an Ipswich Town XI on Monday (7.45pm).
“We took the conscious decision to have a lot of pre-season games to try to give most of the squad 90 minutes where possible,” said the boss on his side’s busy schedule.
“We’ve had a lot of games, but it’s given us a chance to look at a number of players, formations and styles of play, so I think it’s been beneficial.”
On Monday’s tie he added: “We’re really looking forward to the visit of Ipswich.
“We are really grateful to the club and Mick McCarthy for coming down and agreeing to give us a game.
“It will be a great test for the squad to face a professional outfit and will put us in good stead for the season.
“It is also brilliant for the fans and should help get a few more through the gate.”
n Monday’s encounter with Ipswich will see gates open at 6.30pm, with tickets costing £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for Under-18s.
n AFC Sudbury Reserves get their Thurlow Nunn League First Division campaign under way with a trip to Wisbech St Mary on Saturday (3pm).