THE decision of defender Brian Saah to leave Plainmoor is one that has not come as a huge surprise to United manager Alan Knill.
Brian has opted to search for a new club closer to his family home in London and Alan admitted he felt it was always a possibility that he would be searching for a new centre-half to bolster his defensive options.
As such, talks have already been held with potential replacements and there is a general feeling that preparations for the new season are starting to gain momentum.
‘’We are obviously disappointed to lose Brian,’’ said Alan. ‘’From the time I walked in the door, he was excellent and getting better but when a player goes out of contract, they can leave their options open.
‘’You kind of get the feeling that things are not going well. We were in contact with him but he was in no rush to sign, so you feel in the back of your mind that he’s going somewhere else.
‘’When I spoke to him after returning from holiday, he said he wanted to be closer to London. His child is starting school and you have to respect that.
‘’It is a situation where you have to be philosophical because we can’t do anything about it. We can’t throw a load of money at it because I haven’t got a load of money. All you can do is try your best to persuade people to stay.
‘’After speaking to Brian, we had been talking to other centre-halves anyway because I always felt he wasn’t going to stay. Sometimes, you can let these situations bother you but there are plenty of players around. I had a feeling he wasn’t going to sign and we move on.
‘’I would just like to say on record a thanks to Brian for all the work he did for me and I wish him all the best.’’