Truro City Manager Lee Hodges and Assistant Manager Chris Todd are now looking forward to the 2017-18 season.
That means bringing in new blood and, inevitably, saying farewell to some of the existing squad. Truro City is therefore announcing that the following players will not be offered new contracts:
Ben Adelsbury, Les Afful, Aaron Bentley, Ryan Brett, Ollie Knowles, Arran Pugh and Martin Rice.
Truro City would like to thank all the players for their contribution to the club and wish them well for the future. The club would particularly like to acknowledge the contributions of the four longest serving players. Les Afful (342 appearances), Arran Pugh (286), Martin Rice (186) and Ryan Brett (112) have all played a big part in Truro City’s success over the last few years and will have a permanent place in the annals of the club.
It’s always sad to see players departing, but it’s essential for the club to be constantly moving forward. We have to acknowledge that last season’s performances were not of the standard that we and the supporters expect. While Lee was not short of financial resources, it took a while for him to settle back in to his role and the management team overall did not take the required shape until Chris Todd arrived as assistant.
On the pitch, the team scored fewer goals this year than last, but the major issues were at the back where we conceded an average of almost two and-a-half goals per match and lost far too many points from winning positions.
Changes in the playing staff are therefore essential and Lee and Chris will be rebuilding over the close season. Discussions are currently under way with nine members of last season’s squad and a number of potential new players have been identified.
While the season that has just ended was a tough one, it’s worth pausing to reflect on the fact that 2017-18 marks a club record as it will be Truro City’s third season playing in the second-tier of non-League football. A measure of this achievement is that Corby Town, promoted from the Southern Premier League alongside Truro City in 2015, has suffered back-to-back relegations since then. Nobody should underestimate the challenges of competing at this level of football. Nevertheless, the resources are in place for Truro City to enjoy a successful season commencing at Treyew Road and all efforts will be focused in that direction.