WELLINGTON’S football manager Clive Jones fears he could lose star centre back and captain Tom Ellis.
The past season’s winner of the Players’ Player award has become a target for other clubs following Wellington’s success in winning the first division in the Toolstation League.
“I’ve had a chat with Tom and he says he has not yet made a decision about next season,” said Jones. “He is a big player for us and I’ve told him that.”
Ellis is believed to have been approached by his home town club Bridgwater Town who won only two games in Division One South and West of the Evo-Stik Southern League during the past season and were relegated. They had three managers last season.
Since then there has been a change of management and they want Ellis to help halt their slide. They also have some money!
“I would be disappointed if he went to Bridgwater because it is a sideways move,” added Jones. “I’ve no problem with players wanting to play at a higher level, but not with moving to play at the same level or below.”
Jack Bryant, one of four footballing brothers with Wellington, has confirmed he will be staying and Jones hopes the other three will stay too.
“I want all of last season’s players to stay and give it a go,” said Jones.” It is only fair that they should first be given the chance to see what they can do in the Premier Division. It is a fantastic challenge for everyone.
“I’m gradually getting around to see all players individually and I’m happy with the way things are going.”
Wellington have two away friendlies arranged - both away - to Witheridge on July 18 and Exmouth Town on July 26.
With the season set to start on August 5 Jones has had to cancel a ward-up game against Elmore the previous day.
He plans to arrange two more friendlies which have to be away because the local cricket club play at the Playing Field until September, which leaves the soccer side with a string of away games to start the season - a situation which occurs every season.