Widdrington: They are playing for their futures

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington insists his players can’t afford to let up in the final eight games of the season as some of them are playing for their futures.

Widdrington already has Lewis Carey, Craig Stone, Nat Pinney, Bouwe Bosma, Ryan Worrall and Josh Street confirmed for next season and is hopeful of agreeing terms with other players in the coming days.

There are, however, a few players that Widdrington is still undecided on and he is looking for them to shine between now and the end of the season.

“The jury is out on a few of them, absolutely 100 per cent,” said Widdrington.

“Some are playing for their futures and they have to show that they are worth keeping or show that they are worth that little bit of extra money that some are looking for.

“I can understand some players not wanting to commit just yet, that’s the nature of football at this time of year. I have been patient with one or two of them but don’t take my patience as a weakness.

“I am out there watching matches all the time. I am casting my net far and wide looking for the right players. That’s not a threat to the players, that’s just a fact. I have to be out there looking for players who I think can help improve this football club.”

Striker Elliot Romain is one player Widdrington is keen to see back at Priory Lane next season but Darren Lok will depart as he is emigrating to Malaysia.

“I’m gutted to see Darren go. He’s a great lad and one I have enjoyed working with since I arrived here. When I arrived, he was in the reserves but his work rate and determination forced him into the first team. He is going to try his luck at football over there and I wish him every success.”

Nathan Collier (broken hand), Marvin Hamilton (foot) and Jack Evans are all injured for Chelmsford but loanees Jake Sheppard and Callum Buckley are available as both have extended their loan period until the end of the season, to include the Sussex Senior Cup final which will take place on Friday, May 20.

Widdrington added, “If we can gain maximum points from our next three games then we can be close, there is plenty still to play for.”