>The Cull Begins


So the first tranche of players released has been announced, and although there are some sensible decisions (and one which is a blessed relief!) I’m still left with a basic concenr about whether Brian Little’s decision-making is what it should be.

Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think Michael Proctor is God’s gift to football. However, he was the only player last season who looked like he’d score goals and please don’t try to tell me he wouldn’t have some impact in The Conference! Perhaps more confusingly, if Bolland hasn’t done enough to be offered a contract then what more could he have done?

The decision to get rid of Aiston’s an interesting one. I thought he looked alright personally, and if he’s not got what it takes you’ve got to ask why he was considered good enoug to be given a contract to Summer 2009 just four months ago.

I’m sad to see Sonner and Whitley go. Sonner’s injury took the decision out of Little’s hands to be sure, and I don’t think anyone could make a full judgement on Whitley without seeing him regularly on the training pitch, though I can’t help wondering what a full pre-season might have done for him.

The offering of Silvio Spann on a free is inevitable-sadly he always felt like a luxury we could hardly afford, while all I can say about the decision to do the same for Richard Hope is why did Little constantly select him ahead of the likes of Mike Williams when he was lacking?

The Summer was always going to bring some eyebrow-raising decisions. I just hope he’s vindicated once the dust settles.

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