No place at AFC for prolific star Boylan

DEPARTED: Lee Boylan, celebrating after chipping Arran Lee-Barrett in a pre-season friendly with Ipswich Town, has been told to look for a new club despite scoring 10 goals in 16 games
DEPARTED: Lee Boylan, celebrating after chipping Arran Lee-Barrett in a pre-season friendly with Ipswich Town, has been told to look for a new club despite scoring 10 goals in 16 games

It was hoped his goals could fire AFC Sudbury to promotion, but Lee Boylan’s shock exit shows talent will not be put above team ethic.

Yellows boss Chris Tracey released the one-time Premier League striker (at West Ham United in 1996-97), heralded as a massive signing in the summer, on Friday as he said he no longer had a place for him after switching to a 4-3-3 formation.

Injuries restricted the 34-year-old, who scored 148 goals in 178 appearances for Canvey Island, to just 13 games (one sub), but he still managed to bag eight goals and a further two from three cup appearances.

“The situation we have been in down the bottom has changed the type of player we have now got and the way we are going to play and that is why I have moved him on,” said Tracey of the club’s top scorer. “At this current time I cannot justify having someone on his wage on the bench.”

Tracey revealed he is waiting to speak to three transfer targets, including one defender, after his most recent signing, defender Darcy De’Ath from Needham Market, was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.

Eleventh-placed AFC host sixth-placed Aveley on Saturday (3pm) looking for their third successive win, after 3-2 victories at home to Harlow Town on Saturday and then at Wroxham on New Year’s Day.

But Tracey, who will have James Baker (holiday) and Michael Shinn (injury) back in the squad, insists the club are still in a relegation dogfight having played more games than their rivals.