Date: 26th January 2015 at 5:58pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has said that letting players go is never an easy part of the job, but it is always done in the clubs’ and the players’ best interests.

Speaking to the Official Site following the recent departures of Jake Hutchings, Niall Thompson and Daniel Sullivan, the gaffer explained that each of them had been difficult decisions.

‘They have been under three managers and all three have decided, for whatever reason, not to play them in the first team. I didn’t want these players to have the cattle market of the summer, so we’ve got them sorted earlier. I’ve been a coach at youth level and I know that it’s tough for players in the summer when they don’t have a reputation or games under their belt.’

Hargreaves goes on to say that it’s obviously disappointing as you always want young players you produce to kick on and impress in the first team but it is a cycle, some make it, some don’t and some players need a new club to establish themselves when things don’t work out, and from the clubs perspective you need to move players on at points so there is a more clear pathway for the next group coming through – such as Levi Ives who he hopes is the first of a group to come through in the next 18 months.