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Date: 04-05-2010 gif 'Thanks for all you've done' time at Aggborough
That time of the year that all players dread got under way today with the first batch of players being told that their future lies elsewhere.

Jasbir Singh The first to be told that his contract was not going to be renewed was one of the keepers, Jasbir Singh (left).  He's spent just one term at Aggborough after signing for us from Shrewsbury at the end of last season where he failed to play any games for the Shrews.  He eventually made seven appearances for us, mainly coinciding with an injury to first choice keeper Dean Coleman, until the arrival of Ross Atkins on loan from Derby County.

Coleman himself was also told soon after that he too would not be offered another contract.  He has appeared in a total of forty six games during his three year stint with us.

The former Walsall second string keeper joined us back in July 2007 but had to wait patiently behind Scott Bevan first and then the following season Adam Bartlett before he managed to stake his claim for a starting place following Bartlett's move to Hereford Utd.

He missed a great part of this season from January onwards when he had to undergo surgery on his groin but managed to make a return to the side for the final two games of the season against Halesowen in the Senior Cup and in our final game at Mansfield two weeks ago.

Also being given notice of moving on today was Robbie Matthews.  The hapless striker was told he was to be transfer listed after just one year of his two year contract.

He joined us a few days into the start of the campaign from Salisbury City but he has never really settled down at Aggborough.  It didn't help that the player he was bought in to partner, Matthew Barnes-Homer, was sold to Luton Town in January and he was never given a good run in the side with any other prospective partner.  He was also a bit of a sicknote at times and was often missing from the side with various ailments.

It'll be interesting to see if any other club would be prepared to pay a fee for him and how much that fee would be.

There is also the rumour of a new striker arriving at the club but until we know more then speculation would be hopeless.  I do know that he's a mere strip of a lad and has no first team experience at his former club.

There was one new face behind the scenes at the club today when the worst kept secret for a while was confirmed when Gary Whild joined the club as assistant to Steve Burr.  The former Stourport Swifts manager left the same post at Redditch Utd a few weeks back and it was widely known that he was heading this way.  Where this leaves John Finnigan, who was supposedly being groomed for the job, is anyone's guess although he has been promised the job of player coach.

These won't be the last movements at the club in the coming weeks so keep your ears peeled and your eyes alert.


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