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Ben Bailey and Joe Fitzpatrick staying at AFC Telford

By Joe Edwards | AFC Telford United | Published:

Ben Bailey and Joe Fitzpatrick are the first two players to agree new deals at AFC Telford United for next season.

Boss Rob Smith and assistant Larry Chambers held individual meetings with squad members last night, and defender Bailey and midfielder Fitzpatrick will remain at the New Bucks Head.

Leaving the club though are former Shrewsbury Town striker Dave Hibbert and ex-Wrexham youngster Danny Reynolds – who have not been offered fresh terms.

Frenchman Joel Dielna has also been let go, while Dan Westwood – who recently jumped up four divisions from Wolverhampton Sporting – has accepted an offer to train over pre-season.

The two who are staying, Bailey, aged 26, and Fitzpatrick, 19, were regular starters towards the end of last season.

Bailey also played under Smith at Hednesford Town, while Fitzpatrick is a player the boss believes has Football League potential.

Hibbert and Reynolds both struggled for game time, while Dielna was a constant feature until being left out of the final two matchday squads.

On Hibbert and Reynolds, the club said in a statement: "We would like to thank both Danny and Dave for all their efforts and commitment while at the club and wish them all the best in the future."

The club added: "Due to several players, still being away on holiday, the others will meet with the management over the next week as well as meetings with prospective new players continue."

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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