Farnborough chief Day 'couldn't refuse' Somerville bidBy Jon Couch
June 28, 2012
FARNBOROUGH chief Spencer Day has revealed he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse for young goalkeeper Jake Somerville.
The Boro boss agreed to sell his second string stopper to Evo-Stik Division One Central new boys Godalming Town this week after the 18-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at Wey Court last season.
And while Day admitted he wanted the youngster to stay and develop his talents at Cherrywood Road, he reckons the deal represented “fantastic business” for the club.
“I was offered an amount that I couldn’t refuse,” Day admitted. “It’s basically paid for Dave Tarpey to come here and he scored 24 goals in Blue Square South last season.
“Jake is a lovely kid and a good goalkeeper, but he’s young and just wants to play. He knows Craig Bradshaw is my No.1 choice, so I’m not going to stand in his way.”
Day is now set to run the rule over a long list of goalkeepers looking to replace Somerville as Bradshaw’s back-up for next season, including Will Viner, who impressing during a short spell at the club in the latter stages of last season.
Meanwhile, midfielder Ashley Winn has rejected an offer of a new contract.
The 26-year-old captained the side for the first half of last season but has not played since early March when he underwent knee surgery.
Day offered the playmaker reduced terms to come back for next season which Winn has initially rejected, but the boss is still holding out hope that he may return for pre-season.
“I’d like much like Ashley to come back, he’s a very good footballer,” Day said. “But I can’t pay money that I do not have and that is where we stand right now. I am also unclear on the full extent of his injury, so that also a major factor.”