Elliott set to depart but Raymond and Ashikodi sign on for Borough

Everybody Loves Raymond: Frankie Raymond returns to Priory Lane
Everybody Loves Raymond: Frankie Raymond returns to Priory Lane

Elliott Charles, who returned to Priory Lane earlier this season for a second spell at the club, has been given permission to speak to another Conference South club and is expected to make the move very shortly.

Charles has not quite recaptured his best form, and boss Tommy Widdrington says that he would benefit from more consistent first team football, which cannot be guaranteed at Priory Lane.

“Elliott is a great character and is rightly held in high affection by the fans at Borough. Everyone here at the club thanks Elliott for his contribution and we wish him the very best going forward.”

But Tommy also announced the arrival of two new signings – or more correctly, one new face and one former favourite. Dynamic midfielder Frankie Raymond returns from Dagenham and Redbridge on a loan deal, initially for one month.

“Frankie needs little introduction to Borough fans,” said Widdrington, “and whilst he has found first team game time difficult to come by in League Two, we all know what he can bring to this level. As one of the outstanding performers from last season’s squad I’m sure everyone will join me in welcoming him back to The Lane.”

Meanwhile Borough have registered striker Moses Ashikodi. The 27 year old, who was a free agent, has made an impact at several levels of the game, including with Millwall. “Ashikodi is a forward of proven ability who is keen to earn a deal here. Both sides understand that this is a trial period for Moses, but it potentially gives us fresh impetus and options up front.”

Further welcome news for Borough fans is the confirmation that exciting young full-back Sam Beale has signed a contract extension keeping him at Priory Lane until at least the end of the 2015-16 season.

The former Brentford defender has been one the season’s success stories, and this is further evidence of Widdrington’s long-term strategy for the club.

“Sam’s consistency to date has made him a firm favourite amongst the Borough faithful,” said the Sports boss. “And whilst on one hand our priority is always the next game, we must also plan further ahead if we are to continue our progress as a club, both on and off the field.”