Newby set to repay AFC boss

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Kris Newby is determined to deliver for David Batch, after the AFC Sudbury boss stuck by him when he claimed to have signed elsewhere.

The wide attacking midfielder believes he owes the Yellows boss a big season after his summer switch from Witham Town was mired in confusion, when a change in his work commitments led to him wrongly announcing he had signed closer to home for East Thurrock United.

But as he had already signed a contract with AFC, Batch was willing to help sort the Thurrock-based player’s travel issues out, rather than offload him, to ensure the talented former Leyton Orient youth player started the season in Suffolk.

“With work it has not been so much the games, it is the training side of things,” Newby said.

“I did not want the lads to see I was turning up to games but not coming to training and be seen to be getting preferential treatment.

“But me and Batchy have sat down and come to an agreement which will allow me to take a couple of hours off work each day and not lose out financially on anything from work.

“Batchy has bent over backwards for me to be honest, and I owe him a big season and getting him a few goals to make sure the club gets promoted.”

Newby scored 22 times to become the fourth top scorer in Ryman One North last season, mainly on the right of a front three, as Witham clinched promotion via the play-offs last season.

And after seeing the talent around him at AFC, the 26-year-old is confident they can go up as champions.

“With the players Batch has put together there is a squad here to go on and win this league comfortably, so fingers crossed it all comes together on the pitch as well as it is off it,” he said.

On the confusion surrounding his move, which saw East Thurrock, with whom he has had three previous spells, announce him in their squad as well as him giving an independent interview about the supposed move, he said: “I have sat down and had a chat with Batch, and Covo (East Thurrock boss John Coventry) has come out and given a written apology to Batchy, which is partly my fault to be honest.

“But it is all behind us now and I am moving forward with AFC Sudbury now and hopefully we will go on and get promoted this year.”

Newby had a brief spell in the Conference South with Thurrock, and has also played at Grays Athletic.