Two more of Folkestone Invicta’s championship winning squad could be leaving the Fullicks Stadium within the next couple of weeks.
Of last season’s promotion squad only club legend Micheal Everitt decided to stick to his decision of hanging up his boots and turned down new terms at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Of the others, striker Harry Smith and midfielder Scott Heard have since moved into full-time football with Millwall and Dagenham & Redbridge respectively – both moves bringing some useful cash into Invicta’s coffers to help sustain their return to the Ryman Premier Division.
But now it appears that the experienced Carl Rook and fellow striker Ashley Miller could soon be playing elsewhere.
Manager Cugley told us: “Rooky’s talking to two or three clubs and it looks likely that he’ll agree something with one of them in the next few days.”
Invicta’s old rivals Faversham Town could be the obvious option for the striker – who will be 34 in February – who lives in the brewery town, with Ramsgate and Burgess Hill Town also believed to be interested in the well-travelled forward who joined Invicta from Leatherhead (via Cray Wanderers where he had been on loan) in the summer of 2015.
Rook has been involved in 19 games for Invicta this season with seven starts and been a substitute a dozen times, often coming off the bench in a bid to change the course a game.
He has scored three goals this time around adding to 11 in the title-winning campaign.
“It’s been a pleasure to have Rooky around” said boss Cugley. “His enthusiasm rubs off on many of the other lads – especially off the field.
“But he is one of our higher paid players and we feel that the time is right for him to move on.”
Cugley is also hopeful of securing a worthwhile loan move for 22-year-old Ashley Miller – though he believes that the young striker could still have a future with the club.
Until that can be arrangerd, Miller is again in the squad for tonight’s game at Leatherhead and may well still be involved against Lowestoft at the weekend.
“Ash is one of nicest guys you’ll ever find, but it’s almost a year now since he scored for us in the league. It’s not as if he’s not had plenty of chances, especially recently when Draycs (Ian Draycott) has been missing” said Neil.
“We’ve had enquiries about him from a couple of clubs in Ryman South. He needs to go somewhere that he’ll get plenty of games, hopefully score plenty of goals and rebuild his confidence.
“Maybe then he’ll come back and score plenty of goals for us! No-one will be more pleased than I will if he starts scoring more goals but we do need to see more of an end product.”
“For someone of his age he’d had a lot of clubs when he came to us and needed to settle down a bit. But he’s been here for more than two years now and I still don’t feel that we’ve seen the best of him. He’s a lad I really want to see achieve as much as he can in the game.”