AFC Sudbury fans will find out on Saturday which key player has been chucked out of the club in the heat of their promotion push.
Manager Chris Tracey has told the Free Press he took the player he signed under his wing, letting him sleep in his house and driving him to games, before he watched him let him down time and time again.
A continued breach of the terms and conditions of the as yet unamed player’s contract at the club, including repeatedly missing training, will see it terminated tomorrow, with Tracey saying he has decided not to lodge an appeal during the written notice period.
It comes as AFC go into two crucial home games against basement sides Great Wakering Rovers, on Saturday (3pm), and Ware, on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Tracey, who believes six points will see them re-establish themselves in a top five play-off berth, said: “His contract will be terminated on Friday.
“He has not appealed against it and he knows he has been in the wrong.”
The Yellows boss added he feels personally betrayed by the individual.
“It is a shame,” he said. “This is an individual who I brought to the club and I myself have gone out of my way for.
“I had him round my house and let him stay over for the night and drove him around and this sort of thing.
“I feel let down by him personally which is disappointing but that is football — there is nobody bigger than the football club.”
On-loan Bury Town midfielder Luke Ingram has already left the club after Tracey cancelled his Ryman League registration at AFC after declaring him not fit enough, as he had been carrying an injury picked up in his debut against Leiston. Ingram is now back at Hadeligh United as part of continuing his development away from Ram Meadow.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game against bottom side Great Wakering, Tracey, who described last weekend’s 3-0 win at Kent-based Chatham Town as a “complete performance”, said he is prepared to sacrifice his footballing principles for points now.
“I am not necessarily after the nice football we have been playing,” he said, with a nod to the disappointing home defeat to strugglers Waltham Forest in their last outing at King’s Marsh.
“It is about getting results and we require six points (from two games).”
He added: “Obviously our away record is better than our home record. In fact our away record is the best in the division.”
n A strong AFC side, expected to include new striker Danny Charge, Jon Docker, Sam Clarke and Dave Wareham — all returning from injury — were in action for the Reserves in their Chell Trophy semi-final at Heybridge Swifts last night. See www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk this morning for the result.