Wisbech Town FC: Club statement

Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby has explained the reasons for releasing three players – top scorer Dubi Ogbonna, plus midfielders Rogan McGeorge and Deakan Napier – this week.

A statement from Appleby was released on the club’s forum yesterday (Monday) evening: “Today I have released Dubi Ogbonna, Rogan McGeorge and Deakan Napier. It is purely a managerial decision that myself and Chris Dear have come to.

“Rogan, whilst a quality footballer, doesn’t work hard enough for the team and unfortunately, due to the form of Adam Millson and Steve Reid, opportunities in his favoured central position were limited. He was becoming increasingly unhappy, so I have decided to release him so he can seek regular football.

“Deakan, in my opinion, started well, but failed to live up to early expectations and although, like Rogan, he’s a great player, unfortunately it’s time for change.

“Dubi is a very talented footballer who could no doubt play higher if he applied himself better. He’s a colourful character, but very individual and I’ve decided that it’s time for us to go our separate ways.

“Another factor in myself and Chris’ decision was that all three lads haven’t attended training when required. They have only turned up to one of the last four sessions, which is unacceptable.

“The decision to release these players has been made for the unity of the squad and as usual I have been totally honest and will continue to do my best for Wisbech Town Football Club. Although this may have come as a shock I believe it was the right and only decision that could be made. Please trust me on this.

“I will inform you of additions to our squad in due course.”