Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football - By Steve Tervet

Ash­ford United have sent a strong mes­sage to their play­ers about the ex­pec­ta­tions at Home­lands.

The Nuts & Bolts re­leased An­drew Dal­house last week af­ter claim­ing the striker wasn’t able to train prop­erly be­cause he was play­ing for another team.

Man­ager Ja­son Whit­more felt the ben­e­fit of Dal­house’s goals ear­lier in the sea­son but had no hes­i­ta­tion in show­ing him the door.

He said: “I like An­drew but we have a bud­get and we have to pay th­ese play­ers.

“We ex­pect a com­mit­ment back and if you don’t want to give that com­mit­ment back, we don’t care who you are, Ash­ford United pay you a wage and we do ex­pect you’ll be fit enough to play a game of foot­ball.

“Was An­drew Dal­house still go­ing to ask for his money on Satur­day? Of course he was. Was he go­ing to ask for less money? No. Could he train prop­erly? No. Was he fit enough? No. That was wrong for us.

“When I took over, it was all about chang­ing the en­vi­ron­ment at the club, that when play­ers come in, they give 100% for Ash­ford.

“We want that com­mit­ment to be 100% – no grey area. We don’t care who you are, if you can’t com­mit to that, you don’t want to be here.”

Ash­ford look cer­tain to stay in Bostik South for another sea­son but Whit­more in­sists he’ll have no trou­ble mo­ti­vat­ing his play­ers through their last 13 games.

He said: “That’s the easy part. We want to bring play­ers in, ready for next sea­son but at the same time, we haven’t got to rush do­ing that.

“We’re not go­ing to go up or down so we’ll give the younger play­ers a chance to get ex­pe­ri­ence and see how much they can de­velop in th­ese last 13 games.

“They might need to go out

‘We ex­pect a com­mit­ment back’

on loan or they might be able to step up and be part of a team that can chal­lenge next sea­son.

“Do the play­ers want to be part of this next sea­son? If not, they won’t be here any­way. We won’t al­low that so they’ve got to show us plenty.”

Ash­ford go to 10th-placed Hast­ings United on Satur­day.

“It’s a winnable game for us,” Whit­more said. “Satur­day (1-0 de­feat to Corinthian Ca­su­als) was a test but in the se­cond half we more than matched them.”

Dal­house has his say, page 41.

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