Appleby’s eager to replace duo

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Wisbech manager Steve Appleby has certainly not stood still since Callum Reed and Paul Cousins defected to King’s Lynn last week.

“We need replacements for them and I have already spoken to players about coming to the club. In fact I am hoping to have one signing in the next week or so which will really have the fans buzzing,” said Appleby without giving any names away.

The Wisbech boss was not surprised that Cousins agreed to join Lynn. “We made an offer to him that really pushed the boat out for the club and did everything to try and get him to stay but it was not enough.

“He has had his head turned by money and that is a sad day not just for Wisbech but football in general. Paul has been vociferous in his passion for Wisbech and his dislike of our rivals Lynn, so it makes it the more difficult to understand.

“I must admit it makes you wonder if it is all worthwhile. One of the reasons I came back to the club is because of the passion of local players like Paul who has been great for the club over the last four years. But no one player or manager is bigger than the club. The club will still be here when we have all gone.

“So we will move on and find the replacements to build a very good squad for next season and improve on the successes of this last season.”

Lynn, who are belived to paying Reed and Cousins a total in excess of £400 per week, would have liked to have signed a third Wisbech player. but Lewis Thompson has turned down the advances from Kevin Boon and Gary Setchell this summer and prefers to stay loyal to his local club. So the fans can at least take heart from that.

This is not the first time Cousins has left the club. He went to Dereham in June 2008, but returned in October when his contract was bought out by the club.

Last summer five Wisbech players left the club for Lynn, but only Alex Street and Robbie Harris stayed for the whole season so it will be interesting to see what the future brings for Reed and Cousins.

Reserves team boss Darren Edey has been offered the assistant manager’s job at UCL club Yaxley but looks likely to stay at Wisbech.