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Haverhill Rovers boss dismisses AFC Sudbury rumours

Haverhill Rovers midfielder Marc Abbott rides a tackle against Hadleigh United. Pic by Tudor Morgan-Owen
Haverhill Rovers midfielder Marc Abbott rides a tackle against Hadleigh United. Pic by Tudor Morgan-Owen

Haverhill Rovers player-manager Michael Shinn says he has no interest in applying for the vacant manager’s job at AFC Sudbury.

The rumour mill has been turning ever since David Batch stepped down from the hot seat at AFC on December 30 but Shinn, who only left the Wardale Williams stadium in late September to take over at Rovers, is very much staying put.

He said: “At the moment we are in the very early stages of building something at Rovers with these younger players we have got, mixed with the more senior ones and I’m very happy with where I am.

“There’s obviously the Sudbury rumours and that’s always going to happen but I’m not going to apply for that job.

“I’ve been to watch a few of their games recently, but that’s really because I’ve still got a few friends there and I’m friends with the chairman, but that’s all it is.”

Rovers have a promising clutch of youth players coming through, but Shinn feels it will take three years for their potential to bear fruit - and he wants to be there to see it happen.

One of the crop of young players, full-back Rhys Shulver, has now gone out on loan to Halstead Town in order to gain experience.

Two more players from the Under-18s are also likely to be loaned to other Thurlow Nunn League Division One clubs inside the next few days in order to give them more experience.

Midfielder/forward Charlie Sigler has joined Rovers from West Wratting, while Shinn hopes to complete the loan signing of a forward from AFC Sudbury in time for Saturday’s Thurlow Nunn Premier League match at fourth-placed Kirkley & Pakefield.

He will be without midfielders Perry Moody (one game ban) and Marc Abbott, who starts a four game ban on Saturday, but otherwise has a full compliment.

•The injury situation at Haverhill Borough, meanwhile, is starting to look brighter as they prepare to face Downham Town at home on Saturday in Thurlow Nunn Division One (3pm).

Last Saturday’s match between sixth-placed Borough and Braintree Town Reserves was postponed, but Borough played a hastily-arranged friendly at Karro Foods Sports and Social Club with Saffron Walden Town, losing 1-0.

The match allowed some valuable playing time for Aaron Forshaw, Luke Latham and Owen Longley, who have all missed a lot of match action with injuries this season.

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