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Mitchell set for exit while Newby to stay

MOVING ON? AFC Sudburys Scott Mitchell could be on his way to Leiston after they came back in for the player, with a final decision expected tomorrow

MOVING ON? AFC Sudburys Scott Mitchell could be on his way to Leiston after they came back in for the player, with a final decision expected tomorrow

Scott Mitchell could be on his way out of AFC Sudbury, while a new twist on the Kris Newby transfer saga looks likely to see the sharpshooter stay.

Ryman Premier outfit Leiston have renewed their interest in contracted former Ipswich Town defender or midfielder Mitchell, with a final decision on meeting AFC’s fee to be made tomorrow.

It comes as 22-goal wide player Newby, who signed this summer from play-off winners Witham Town, has seen a change in his working arrangements free him up to now be able to travel to Suffolk for matches again, preventing the need for manager David Batch to sell him on.

Mitchell, who signed initially on loan for AFC from higher-league Lowestoft Town on the eve of last season, has been pursued by Leiston throughout the close season with Batch maintaining if 
they reach the club’s estimation, he will be free to leave.

“They have come back and said they will let us know on Friday,” said Batch.

Newby, who wrongly announced he had signed for Premier Division outfit East Thurrock United after new work commitments meant he would struggle to get across to Suffolk, now looks set to stay though.

“At this moment in time he is available and training with us,” said Batch. “But one thing I know is non-League changes.”

The Yellows’ manager said he has received an apology from Rocks boss John Coventry after he was named as part of their squad while registered with AFC.

He said: “I just think Kris encountered a problem with work, tried to resolve it and just jumped the gun a bit rather than waiting for things to pan out.”

Meanwhile, AFC will now travel to Northern Ireland to play NIFL Premiership side Glentoran on July 26 (3pm) in a trip being sponsored by Phillip Gambrill and Co Accountancy. A reserves and under-21 side will fulfil the fixture at King’s Lynn Town on the same day.

The club’s AGM has been called for July 30 (7.30pm), while director Richard Instance said he is hopeful of announcing new sponsors soon.

n The week nine winners of the AFC Gold fundraiser are: £100 A Paxton, Jubilee Road Sudbury (240); £10 D Webb, Melford Road, Sudbury (180), £10 M Wade, Uplands Road, Sudbury (124).

n For a video of pre-season training, visit www.suffolk
freepress.co.uk tomorrow.

 

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