Griffiths on verge of return to AFC Sudbury

BACK IN TOWN: Jamie Griffiths, who played for AFC Sudbury during the 2011/12 season '                          Picture: Rob Parr
BACK IN TOWN: Jamie Griffiths, who played for AFC Sudbury during the 2011/12 season ' Picture: Rob Parr

Former Ipswich Town midfielder Jamie Griffiths is on the verge of rejoining AFC Sudbury as David Batch continues to build his squad.

The 21-year-old was one of five trialists to play a part in Tuesday’s opening pre-season friendly against Lowestoft Town.

The former Great Cornard schoolboy made one substitute League Cup appearance for Ipswich and played nine times for Plymouth Argyle on loan in League Two, also playing 11 times for AFC at the back end of the 2011/12 season, following his release from Ipswich.

He spent last season with cash-strapped relegated Southern League Premier Division side Kettering Town and is expected to feature again tonight as League One Colchester United come to town (7.45pm).

Batch, whose side lost 2-0 on Tuesday in his first game in charge, said: “He is on trial with us at the moment, he is looking for a club and is keen to play here because of the facilities and where he lives and he has a good pedigree.

“He is a way off fitness, he has only been able to train with us a couple of times so far and that showed a little bit, but he is a nice lad and we will see where that goes.”

Batch, who played two unnamed French trialists on Tuesday along with midfielder Angelo Harrop, revealed defenders Adam Dalby and Nathan Clarke have left the club, along with Russell Pond and Robbie Martin.

He said Nathan Clarke, who had re-signed for the club, was no longer able to commit, London tube train driver Martin’s work commitments proved a problem, there was a change in Dalby’s personal circumstances and he had not been able to make contact with Pond.

Former Norwich City trainee defender Josh Carus, who will be 37 in October, was expected to sign from Wroxham ahead of tonight’s game after playing on Tuesday, to become Batch’s 10th addition, nine having been registered with his former club.

Friday’s FA Cup and FA Trophy draws have seen AFC handed two home ties, hosting the winners of Ipswich Wanderers and Wivenhoe Town in the FA Cup preliminary round on August 31 and Ryman Division One South outfit Worthing in the FA Trophy preliminary round on October 5.

Meanwhile, AFC Sudbury Reserves have been accepted into the Suffolk FA Senior Cup.