Jack Wilkinson has left Haverhill Rovers to join AFC Sudbury as the New Croft club has conceded defeat in its promotion push.
Wilkinson, who is the club’s third highest scorer this season behind Andy Ofosu and Dan Cornwell, signed a contract with the club at the beginning of the season following his release from Needham Market.
He leaves for the Ryman League North outfit as Rovers have fallen to sixth in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division having lost five of their last six.
Rovers had sat second at one stage but now they are 11 points off second place and three of the five teams ahead of them have games in hand.
Rovers chairman Ali Shulver said: “The club has made the tough decision to allow Jack to move to AFC Sudbury.
“After our recent poor form we believe we are no longer in a position to challenge for promotion and are now in the process of planning for next season.
“Jack is a young lad with a fantastic attitude and he is a talented player who has a desire to play at the higher level and we do not want to stand in his way.
“I would like to thank Jack and his family for their commitment towards Haverhill Rovers as I know they like the club and would have loved for Jack to be playing Ryman League football here next season.”
Rovers have struggled to attract financial backing to continue in their promotion push and are now looking to balance the books for next season.
Shulver added: “As part of the preparation work for next season we are reviewing finances to ensure costs do not out-weigh our income for the remainder of the season and do not run up debts that need to be cleared in the close season as this will have a negative impact on the resources we make available for next season.
“For next season we have agreed another two-year shirt sponsorship deal with IFF who have supported the club for many years and on behalf of Haverhill Rovers I cannot thank them enough for their continued support.
“It’s deals like this that we need to expand on with local businesses as finances play such a large part in success in the league we play in.
“We still have another two months of football remaining this season and I have asked manager Dean Greygoose to use these games to try out different things for next season including the introduction of some of the younger local talent in the club and use these games for development purposes.
“I am hoping this goes down well with the Haverhill supporters as they know their football and I know they will love nothing more than to see local young players being given the opportunity to show what they can do.”
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