East Thurrock boss, John Coventry, has gone on the record regarding the number of players that have left the club just after the season ended.

John Coventry said: “The first thing I would like to say is regarding Ryan Sammons.

Ryan has been a tremendous servant to East Thurrock FC over the past 10 years and played over 400 games which is a real credit to him. He has deservedly been a part of the clubs most successful period in it’s history.

Ryan is a player that turns up for training and games and causes no problems always giving 100%. In my experience, as a manager of a non league club that is a rare quality these days, especially when you know that financial reward is not his incentive and it is purely down to the love of the game.

Finally I would like to say thank you to Ryan for everything he has done for our football club.

Also supporters would have seen a long list of those that will not be playing for East Thurrock FC next season. I would like to give you some insight to my thinking.

At the end of last season, which ended in 6 straight defeats, I felt that if I started the following season with the same group of players I would have ignored the warning signs and it could be a difficult season.

Also I had to think that if I expect supporters to pay to watch us in the future it’s my responsibility to make sure last seasons end of form does not carry over into next season.

Therefore I made the decision to change a very high percentage of the playing staff, which I knew would be a difficult challenge. However I can say that at this moment things are going well and I am quietly excited.

There have been some names released and in the next few days I am hoping to be able to share some more information regarding players for next season.

“Hopefully you will understand and continue your support for next season.”

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