Dan Westwood told he can depart AFC Telford United
Forward Dan Westwood is ‘gutted’ after being told he can leave AFC Telford United, but has thanked boss Rob Edwards for his honesty.
Westwood earned a move up four divisions when Rob Smith and Larry Chambers captured the hot-shot from West Midlands Premier Division outfit Wolverhampton Sporting Community.
He featured seven times for the Bucks under Smith and has trained with new boss Edwards.
But he was told yesterday he can look to make plans elsewhere.
The 26-year-old said: “I spoke to Rob and he’s let a few people know we’re OK to look for another club.
“I’m gutted but am glad he’s told me and been honest to tell me now so I can get fixed up elsewhere.
“It’s disappointing because it was all about this season for me and I didn’t get the opportunity for that. But it’s opinions in football and I respect that.
“Rob and Larry signed me and said it was all gearing to next season.”
Meanwhile Bucks chief Edwards is anticipating the start of the competitive season with a ‘brilliant’ opening day clash.
Telford have been handed one of the glamour ties of this season National League North division, landing an August 5 tie at Bootham Crescent, home of York City.
It is the first time that the Minstermen will compete at a level below the Conference and they are expected to be heavily-supported this season.
The clash will also mark Edwards’ first competitive game since taking over from Smith and Chambers.
He said: “The opening fixture is brilliant, isn’t it?
“It’s a really good one. Look, whoever it was going to be, it would’ve been exciting personally for me anyway.
“But for it to be a team of their stature, a team that will want to try and bounce back quickly, is great for us.
“It’s a really good chance to see the level that we’ll be at by then and we’ll find out a lot about the players.”
The first game of the season is always an interesting one. There’ll probably be result people aren’t necessarily expecting if you look at it on paper.”