Kingstonian Squad Update
An important update on who is staying and who is leaving.
Kingstonian manager Hayden Bird has issued the following squad update:
The following players have agreed terms with Kingstonian FC for Season 2021-22:
Rob Tolfrey, Mason Whitnell, Harry Osborne, Fabio Saraiva, Simon Cooper, Declan Skura, Ollie Cook, Kenny Beaney, Gus Sow, Lewis Pearch, Teo Kurtaran, Juevan Spencer and Tom Howard.
Talks with other members of the First Team squad are currently ongoing.
The club would like to thank the following players, who are moving on to pastures new:
Jake Hutchings, Tom Kavanagh, Tom Richards, Kadell Daniel, Andre Coker.
The manager has also confirmed that seven new players will be arriving at the club. Announcements of our new signings will be made from Monday 24th May on the club's social media platforms.
Players that will not be with us in Season 2021-22:
"First of all, it would be unfair to suggest that I have simply released the players who have left us," emphasised the manager. "These decisions have made by myself and the players following honest and open conversations between us," he continued.
Hayden then went on to explain the nature of his conversations. "For example, if a player wasn't going to play as regularly as he would have expected, it's only fair that I explain that to him and the reasons behind my decision. The players deserve that and in doing so can then decide if he wants to stay or move to a club that can offer more of a guarantee of game time."
"Equally, the player may decide that the time is right to take up a new challenge, which is perfectly understandable and absolutely fine."
"All of the players that leave us will leave Kingstonian Football Club with our thanks and very best wishes for the future."
When speaking of the players, Hayden spoke highly of all of the players who are moving on and thanked them individually.
"This was a real shame. After suffering a serious ankle injury last season, Jake was raring to go and looking forward to showing the supporters what he is capable of. We know how good Jake is and we planned for him to be an important player in the team."
"However, for personal reasons Jake has had to evaluate his commitment to football in general which has impacted his ability to play for Kingstonian. He knows the door is always open to return and I'm sure we will see him in a K's shirt in the future."
"This was a really tough one. Tom has been an exceptional player for me at both Merstham and Kingstonian. He has been an integral part of both teams and together we have created some fantastic memories."
"Tom is a top player and a great guy. He has the ability to play for any team at this level and has the characteristics to be successful. We will all miss him, I will miss him but we both had tough decisions to make. In addition to looking towards next season, my job is continually to evolve the team and have a long term strategy for Kingstonian. I would like Tom to be very much be a part of that."
"Tom deserves to be recognised for his outstanding contribution to Kingstonian under three different managers. Dowse, Tommy and myself. He has been a tremendous servant to this Club and deserves the highest plaudits."
"Kadell is a very talented player and a fantastic lad. He's been a pleasure to work with."
"Kadell had options, which is to be expected with a player of his ability. After our conversations he decided to accept an offer from a National South Club and we all wish him great success."
"Having spoken to Tom, we agreed his best position was as a wing-back. It is a system we employed at times last season and on every occasion, Tom did very well. However, moving forward, the Management Team have decided we will play with a back four which probably doesn't suit Tom as much as 3-5-2."
"Added to that, Tom is moving house and had a couple of very good offers from other clubs in our League. Tom Richards is a very good footballer and a very nice person. I like him - as we all do - and respect he feels his new club may be a better fit for him."
"I would to thank him and wish him the greatest success."
"We decided to build a new-look forward line and therefore, it was not possible to give Andre the guarantee a player of his calibre needed."
"Andre is a player with great potential, having all of the natural qualities needed to enjoy a great career. He has had one or two set-backs with injury and illness last season, which probably prevented us seeing him at his very best. However, I have no doubt that he will fulfil his undoubted potential and become the player he deserves to be."
"Andre Coker is a really nice lad who I have thoroughly enjoyed working with. Although he will not be in a Kingstonian shirt next season, I very much hope he is a great success with his new club. He deserves to be."
On continuing to re-shape the squad:
"In the coming weeks there will be further comings and goings. The Directors have been tremendously supportive with the Playing Budget and the support of the Board deserves to be acknowledged and recognised."
"However, understandably, it's not a bottomless pit and therefore, any new signings needed to be financed by players leaving."
"I'm in the process of finalising seven new players who I'm really excited to bring to Kingstonian Football Club. All of them have the blend of ability, experience and personality to help us in what promises to be a very competitive division."
"Equally, I am continuing to talk to players in our existing squad and will ensure our supporters are updated as soon as there is further news."