Forest Green may have registered a win in the FA Trophy on Saturday, but Mark Cooper gave us an indication that all is not well as he announced that two key players would be leaving in the January sales.
Their 2-0 win at Chester gave us an indication that they may be close to finding some sort of form, although I’m sure they would rather have picked up that result when the sides meet on the 14th of April in the National League.
The Villagers currently sit second in the league, two points behind us but having played two more games. Now the will have to recover from the news that two of their players are on the move.
Firstly striker Kiefer Moore has moved to Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich. He has scored seven times for FGR in thirty or so appearances this season, and doubtless the impetus will now be on replacing him using more of Dale Vince’s hard earned cash.
Perhaps much more of a blow is the news that winger Elliott Frear has stated he no longer wants to play for the club. Exeter-born Frear has been a key player for FGR this season, and is one player who impressed me when we met in November. Frear has played over 100 games and scored 13 times at the New Lawn, but earlier in the season he was linked with Cheltenham Town. That deal fell through, but despite his first goal of the season against Bromley it looks like he won’t feature again for FGR.
Cooper told the media this weekend;
“He has decided he wants to move on and he is not exactly keen on going forward with Forest Green Rovers. He has said he doesn’t want to play for the club any more and we have to move on. There has been now interest as far as I know and we need players that want to be with us going forward.”
Frear disputed his managers version of the facts on Twitter, pointing out he hadn’t refused to play and that he was currently injured.
Whatever the truth there isn’t the sense of togetherness and team spirit that we seem to have at Sincil Bank, and that will only work in our favour as we push into the final few months of the season. It does seem that in order to sustain a challenge even more of Mr Vince’s ethically earned environmentally friendly money is going to have to be burned needlessly on a club that don’t seem to have the fans, nor the structure for League football.