Ben Purrington leaves
I’m quite sad about this, and his departing words brought a little tear to my eye. That goal at Wembley was of our greatest moments.
Prior to Ben Garner arriving we were led to believe that Purrington and his agent were in discussions to sign a new contract, so it could be that Purrington has a better offer or that Garner pulled the rug, whatever we are now even shorter on defenders as we start pre-season this week.
I always thought Purrington was a solid defender at this level, and had a real knack of appearing in the box late in goal scoring positions.
More than that Ben seemed like an all round good bloke, who I will remember fondly. Good luck in the future Ben.
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CA totally agree with you he is an all round nice bloke, but his defending was much to be desired at times and was often caught out with someone appearing round the back of him and scoring or ghosting past him and crossing the ball, as if he wasn’t there!
Purrington was just another very average player in division one, along with Adams, who went completely off the boil over the last season or so. If we want to get promotion,apart from other areas, we need full backs who can consistantly defend reasonably well and not keep getting caught out and make the same silly mistakes which cost goals!
Fullbacks like Rhoys Wiggans and Anferne Dijksteel, who could both defend well and also sprint down the wing and cross a ball to a good solid standard. Unfortunately our fullbacks have been poor for quite a while, that’s why we have kept seeing changes and new players being tried out, especially at LB, but to no avail!
Depressing news for sure. Starting to have some concerns about where the Club is headed with half the players gone and no replacements yet in. Looks like another slow or late season inflow of new players who missed pre-season training.
casting personal feelings aside, ask yourself this – would we get promotion or at least contend with Purrington in the side. Well obviously no is the answer, as Mike points out a very average L1 player. OK if you are Wimbledon, but not in thee new philosophy of TS. Yes always remembered fondly for his goal, but that is now just Youtube memories.
Of course waiting with interest who might come in, maybe even in time for the jolly boys outing – of course should have gone to Margate.
Such a shame IMHO think he was very much underrated and will never forget his goal at Wembley but he scored a few last year.
Who knows where CAFC are heading but at present not upwards and it appears that he was offered a contract but the club have now opted against it.
I agree, good guy. But he could also do a job in league 1. Don’t think many teams will have a number 2 LB as good as him.
Concerned about the amount of players we’ve got to replace. And still no signings. A few teams in the league have already brought ‘freebies’ in.
I am totally with Mike, Purrington is not good enough if we aspire to top 6 next season. his poor judgement on crosses from the right led to numerous goals as the area around the left hand side of the six yard box was poorly defended. He gave us the bonus of scoring some important goals but his all round game was not good enough. He was brought in on loan to cover for the injured Page but never approached Pages’ ability.
I’m with you CA, if BP’s got himself a better deal then the best of good luck to him, he’s been excellent for us and his farewell is classy indeed. If CAFC are aiming higher than BP then it won’t come cheap plus we need 2 LB’s now. CAFC/Sandgaards need to be backing this with major fees and wages. I don’t want to consider a situation where they want to be doing it cheaper than BP. We’ll get a clue from where BP plays next. Fingers crossed it works for all concerned.
Conor has gone Ben has gone and we have appointed a manager late I wish him well with what’s left player wise to sign after all the other clubs in our division have had the pick of the best
Really disappointed that this season could be another washout
I hope I’m wrong but if it is I won’t be calling for the owners head unless he sacks the manager at the end of the season as the 20 non league left over signings didn’t get us to the playoffs
Good luck Charlton