Fenmen ring the changes

THERE may be many rumours circulating about the future of Wisbech Town players but Fenmen co-manager Ian Jones has been quick to dismiss them. And while many fans may fear an exodus of players from Fenland Park, Jones and Mel Mattless have already begun t

THERE may be many rumours circulating about the future of Wisbech Town players but Fenmen co-manager Ian Jones has been quick to dismiss them.

And while many fans may fear an exodus of players from Fenland Park, Jones and Mel Mattless have already begun the process of signing new players.

Jones has approached Ely City's Andy Chatters as well as Fakenham players, Robbie Palmer and Jason Pease.

And he is also keen to bring former Wisbech players Luke Pepper and James McManus back to the club.


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Jones said: "I am talking to a number of players who I think will improve the squad. It is still early days but I am hopeful that we can make new signings."

He added: "I have heard all the speculation about certain people leaving but at this moment in time, they are still Wisbech players.

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"Me and Mel have been very upfront with the squad and told them about how we are going to run the club and what financial package they can expect.

"And to be fair, the players have been honest with us to. So far, they have kept us informed about any approaches they have received from other clubs.

"If they don't want to stay with the club then we will wish them good luck and show them the door.

"We will not mess about and I will not be messed about by players."

The rumour mill has failed to unsettle Jones who said: "We may lose some players but we have to accept that. But I also think that there will be players who decide to stay.

"I have spoken to Steve Appleby and he has indicated that he will be staying at the club."

He added: "There are others who will not figure in our plans but I believe that we have players who can step up and fill their shoes.

"Keeper Nick Conroy is a prime example. He is a great keeper but without him we still have the likes of Lee Brooks, Chris Horton and Adam Wright who can take his place.

"Andy Lodge is a very good player but without him, I can call on defenders like Aaron Duke to take his place.

"We must make sure that there is a healthy competition for places at all levels in the club."

He added: "The fans need to know that the club needs to be completely overhauled. In the past the first team has been run completely separately from the reserves and youth teams. That must change.

"It is no good having players at Wisbech who will only ever play at reserve level and never make the step up to the first team.

"Last year we suffered because when there were injuries and suspensions we had no one with the experience to cover for them."

He added: "We will be appointing someone to work alongside reserve team coach Trevor Melton and drive the team forward.

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