Lowestoft Town goalkeeper ponders retirement
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Lowestoft Town could see another of its old guard leave the club this summer as goalkeeper Andy Reynolds ponders retirement to focus on his coaching career.
Just a week after Jamie Godbold decided to take up the managerial reins at Kirkley & Pakefield after reaching his 500th game, Lowestoft Town director of football Craig Fleming revealed his number one is also thinking of leaving the club.
Reynolds, who has been a mainstay at Crown Meadow starring in the club's successive promotion campaigns and run to the FA Vase final in 2008, would leave a big hole in the Trawlerboys' squad but struggled last season with a persistent knee injury.
'He is thinking about it (retirement) at the moment – he has been struggling for a while,' said Fleming, who could look to Andrew Plummer or Jake Jessup to fill the void. 'He started playing football from a very early age and I think it's starting to catch up with him a bit. It would be a big blow because good goalkeepers like Andy are not easy to come by at this level. Last season he was really struggling at times though with injury and he might want to focus on his coaching with Suffolk.'
Plans are already under way for the start of next season as the Blues look to put the pain of a third play-off defeat firmly behind them.
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However, Fleming admitted it may be difficult to bring in the players he wants due to the swelled budgets of other clubs in the Ryman League Premier Division.
'We've got a bit of interest in a couple of players but it's still very early days at the moment,' said former Norwich City defender. 'We've spoken to one player but there is a fair bit of money being thrown about by other teams.
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'We've got our own budget but it's by no means the biggest out there in this league. If players are being offered better money elsewhere then that's where they are going to go.'
However, Fleming hopes the reputation the club has forged over the last few years at Step 3 level could still attract players.
'The positive is that we have got a very good reputation at our level as a good club to play for and one that goes about its business in the right way,' he said. 'Players that have been here have all got good things to say about the place.'