Needham planning for life without want-away Danny

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NEEDHAM Market winger Danny Thrower is seeking a move away from Bloomfields.

The Ryman League Division One North outfit released a statement this week to say Thrower, who has one year to run on his deal at Needham, was up for sale.

Danny Laws, the Marketmen’s manager, admitted he was disappointed at the situation and had not yet been given a reason as to why the midfielder was looking to leave.

Laws said: “As far as I am concerned, he has been a great servant to me and the football club, but life goes on.

“He hasn’t given a specific reason, which is a bit disappointing. I thought he would clarify it a bit more, but he has just said he wants to see if he can go somewhere else.

“There’s no point at this stage me planning a team with him – I have to plan without him now.”

Ex-Bury Town player Thrower has become a popular figure at Bloomfields over the last five years, making more than 250 appearances for the club. He was also a regular goalscorer and found the net on at least 60 occasions.

Thrower signed a one-year contract at the start of last season, but with the option of a further year, which the Marketmen took up at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, James Evans and Pip Boyland have committed themselves to Needham for another season, penning new deals at Bloomfields for the 2011/12 season.

Boyland has also been bestowed the honour of club vice-captain following the departure of Craig Parker.

Laws said: “Pip Boyland is a player who has improved year-on-year and aside from his playing ability and the attributes he brings to the team, his enthusiasm, professionalism and desire rubs off on those around him, on the field and off.”

The Marketmen have also restructured their backroom staff, paving the way for former Suffolk Senior Cup winning manager Neil Reader to join the club.

Coaches Kevin O’Donnell and Matthew Fenn have departed, following on from Kevin Horlock’s resignation as first-team assistant manager to take up a role in the club’s academy.

Chairman David Bugg said: “I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kev O’Donnell and Matty Fenn. Both were loyal servants and did a great job at Needham Market.”

Reader, who was last at Team Bury, will become assistant boss, along with general manager Andy Gould, who will combine his existing duties with a similar role alongside Reader.

Laws added: “Neil, Andy and I have worked together in the past and I feel that we have in place an off-field structure which will serve the club well in years to come.

“Neil was very keen to get back into football having had a break and the decision to reunite this management team was an easy one.”