STUART Crawford has backed skipper Duane Wright, right, to succeed at a higher level after his first season at the Millfield earned him a move to Needham Market.
Midfielder Wright will be plying his trade in the Ryman League Division One North next season with a side who only lost out on promotion in the play-offs.
Although admitting Wright’s move will be a “big loss” to his ambitions in 2011/12, Crawford believes the midfielder, who scored eight goals last term, will have no problem coping at the higher level.
“He will be 28 in a few weeks and he is strong and technically very good.
“The biggest difference between the Ridgeons and Ryman is the Ryman is more physical and that will suit him and he will do a good job in that league.”
He added: “It is a big loss, he is experienced and was our captain but in football if you are successful but not majorly successful, teams like us are going to struggle to hold on to players and it is not as if it is a sideways move, he has gone up to challenge himself.”
Wright, who had a number of successful years at Whitton United, was signed by Crawford over the summer from Felixstowe & Walton United where his only season there saw him earn the player of the year award.
But Crawford believes the Brettsiders will be able to plug the gap.
He said: “Our midfield is a strong area to us and we can cope without him and hopfeully, we will add another one if the right quality is about.”