So will he or won’t he? The on-off-on-and-currently-off-by-the-look-of-it move for Ricky Wellard has still not been resolved. It seems like months since I first heard Wellard’s name being bandied about by the more intelligent internet commentators as a potential signing, yet we still seem to be no nearer to securing his signature. I’m sure it would be hard for Terry to take (and for the player as well, undoubtedly) if the deal were to break down now.
So what’s the current state of play? Well, Ashford manager Mark Butler was interviewed on their official website and stated although Wellard was given permission to discuss terms with Wimbledon, there was still a final ‘glitch’ that the respective chairmen needed to resolve. It seems that this could be a dealbreaker. The way the clubs are viewing the deal, Ashford want to get as much guaranteed cash for a player they have nurtured, whereas we don’t want to overpay upfront for a player, preferring a structured deal where money is handed over when his potential is realised.
It’s tough for me to have an opinion either way on this saga. I don’t think I have ever seen Wellard play, so despite having faith in the ability of Terry and Stuart, I’m starting to wonder what the fuss is all about. Then I pick up tonight’s Informer where Stuart Cash is confidently predicting the deal should be wrapped up ‘early next week’. So perhaps this ‘glitch’ will be easily resolved after all.
Cash also revealed we are in negotiation to bring a ‘left-sided centre back’ plus another midfielder, both of whom experienced League Two football last season. Answers on a postcard anyone? Cash also hit back at critics who suggest the management team are sacrificing 09/10. ‘People are saying we are writing off next season but they are wrong’ said Cash (it wasn’t me sir!) ‘If we can build a young hungry side who are willing to listen and learn we reckon we’ve got half a chance. Yes you need experience but it’s not the be all and end all.’
Michael Haswell has signed for Grays next season. I’m personally delighted that he will have the opportunity to play Conference football next year, and hope he gets a great reception when he returns to Kingsmeadow with his new club. As for one of our summer targets, Matt Pattisson has joined Rushden. I’m not sure how true this is, but the jungle drums suggest he was never offered a contract by us in the first place. Therefore, no matter how talented he is, ultimately the management team think they have done better with what we have, in other words Derek Duncan.
I’m not sure how much you’ll be hearing from me over the next couple of weeks. I’ve just this moment discovered this great new sport that takes place once a year… in Wimbledon itself. Two blokes hit a ball over a net and try and get it past their opponent, winning points in the process. Women play as well, and for some reason they earn a load more money per hour than the men. presumably because they have to wear little skirts and show their pants off quite a lot. Anyway, there’s this English guy, except he’s not English he’s Scottish, but that doesn’t seem to matter because he’s really good and he’s going to win it for us this time round, for the first time since ever!