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Godbold’s swift move for Canfer

NEW MAN: Ollie Canfer in action for Hadleigh United
NEW MAN: Ollie Canfer in action for Hadleigh United

AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold has made his first close-season signing, former Hadleigh United midfielder Ollie Canfer joining the club.

But three of last season’s squad have turned down new contracts, and two others have been transfer-listed.

Twins Tyler and Scott Kemp and Josh Kerridge are all leaving the club, with keeper Alex Archer and Kris Newby going on the transfer list.

Canfer, who had four seasons at Hadleigh United, scoring 18 goals when the Brettsiders won the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title in 2013-14, was at Brightlingsea Regent last season.

“He always impressed me when I watched him or played against him,” said Godbold.

“When we heard he was available, we moved quickly.

“He fits the profile of players we want at the club, and we know we will get goals from him.

“Most important, he is keen to develop and improve his game, and that is what we want from players at this club.”

The Kemps, and Kerridge, were all offered contracts for next season, but all three want regular first-team football, and Godbold could not guarantee that.

“Unfortunately, they see their careers elsewhere,” said Godbold. “They are great lads, and I’m disappointed to lose them, but I hope they do well in their future careers.”

Archer, loaned to Bury Town last season, has been transfer-listed as Godbold felt it unfair to ask the 21-year-old to return as second choice keeper behind Marcus Garnham. “At his age you don’t want to be on the bench,” said Godbold.

Newby, who scored 17 goals last season, has found travelling from south London challenging. “He would be good for any team, but wants to move nearer to home,” said Godbold, who has already had a couple of enquiries.

Most of the remainder of the squad have agreed terms for next season, and Godbold hopes to bring in another couple of new players in the next few days.

n Meanwhile, Josh Meekings is desperate to make the most of a second chance as he aims to steer Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Scottish Cup glory.

The 22-year-old old, who hails from Cavendish, looked set to miss Saturday’s final with Falkirk after being handed a retrospective one-game ban by the Scottish FA for preventing a goal-scoring opportunity during Thistle’s 3-2 semi-final win over Celtic.

However, after successfully appealing the decision, Meekings will be going all out at Scotland’s national stadium, Hampden Park, to bring some silverware back to Inverness, in their first Scottish Cup final.

“I have been given a second chance and want to make the most of it,” he said. “I want to go out and play and put on a big performance for the fans.”

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