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Four off to horizons new

Always sad to see players get released although Waggy was very upbeat about his imminent departure when I spoke to him last week. He felt, rightly so in my opinion, that being a free agent will make him more appealable to clubs and he is hoping for another crack at The Championship. His attitude over the years since his debut in 2008 has been exemplary and he deserves the opportunity to make a good career for himself and I know all Addicks wish him every success.

Ricardo Fuller was an experiment that will get a B from me. At times he was a class above the rest of the division, but his fitness was always a litle questionable although I think he answered some critics with his attitude in the closing weeks. He told me last week that missing pre-season meant he was always up against it but that he really enjoyed his time at The Valley. In using the past tense it was no surprise to me to see him not offered another deal. 34 next birthday I can see the Jamaican born striker return to the Caribbean or even the MLS, which I’d think would suit him down to the ground.

The biggest shock was Matt Taylor. I will always have a soft spot for him as he was the opposing captain when my son was the mascot against Exeter a couple of seasons back and was very friendly. He played a huge part in last season’s campaign, but although he always gave everything it was clear that Powell wasn’t convinced that he could make the step-up in class. A true professional and good leader, I hope Taylor has plenty of offers to ponder during the summer.

The last player to be released today was Salim Kerkar. The French-Algerian never found a regular place in the side and often appeared to slip way down the pecking order. Harriott’s arrival didn’t help and I wish him all the best for the future.

There are plenty of other players whose contracts expire in June. The fact that they haven’t been released yet probably tells you that more conversations are to be had between Powell, the club and the player.

I would hope to see Danny Haynes offered another deal, as well as Andy Hughes. I would expect that Dervite and Cort are retained but I would question Evina’s future, although Powell may wish to hang onto his versatility, which I would support, Ceddy would be within his rights to want more, even if it means dropping down a division.

BWP will wait on Brentford’s fate but I doubt if he will be an Addick next season. The other player that has an expiring contract is Callum Harriott, but I have been told this should be resolved sooner rather than later.

Lastly my congratulations to Chris Solly on retaining the Player of the Year award. He really is the model of consistency but I wonder how many times his name will come up behind closed doors when Powell, Slater and Jimenez talk about strengthening the squad this summer.

My POTY vote went to Johnnie Jackson, so I was disappointed that the skipper never lifted the trophy, not necessarily because he had a better season than Solly, on the whole he probably didn’t, but because so often when we were looking for a spark, a goal or a leader, Jacko stepped up and inspired both his team mates and supporters.

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