John­son: For­mer skip­per’s role as an agent was ‘un­for­tu­nate’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

THE role of for­mer Kent cap­tain David Ful­ton in the de­par­tures of bats­men Matthew Walker and Neil Dex­ter at the end of last sea­son came up for dis­cus­sion again at the an­nual meet­ing on Mon­day. Re­spond­ing to ques­tions from mem­bers, chair­man of cricket Gra­ham John­son said: “I think it was un­for­tu­nate he (Ful­ton) was rep­re­sent­ing both play­ers, and I pressed him very hard as to whether he was us­ing one against the other. He said ‘no’. “We don’t think there is any­thing we can do about stop­ping play­ers us­ing cer­tain peo­ple as agents and can­not stop them talk­ing to each other.” Ex­plain­ing the club’s de­ci­sions on Walker and Dex­ter, Mr John­son added: “We could not of­fer Matthew the level or length of con­tract he wanted. It was very sad be­cause he did an un­be­liev­able job for this club. “We did ev­ery­thing we could to get Neil to stay, he wanted nailed-on places in one-day, four­day cricket and wanted to bowl. Other coun­ties re­alised he was out of con­tract, and made quite good of­fers for him.” Ful­ton, 37, acts for both play­ers, as well as Joe Denly, hav­ing carved out a new ca­reer as an agent and jour­nal­ist since leav­ing the county in 2006. He said: “Both play­ers are very happy where they are. I wish Kent all the best, but my pri­or­i­ties are work­ing for my play­ers to the best of my abil­ity, and they are both looking for­ward to the new chal­lenges ahead.”

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