POPULAR defender Cameron Fearon has left Rainworth to try his luck in Blue Square Bet North football with Eastwood Town.
But as Fearon moves on after 2½ years with the Wrens, manager Kevin Gee has recruited central defender Romaine Graham from Hucknall Town.
Fearon is the third player to leave Kirklington Road in the last 10 days, following the departures of Chris Timons to East Midlands Counties League Blackwell MW and keeper Gaviun Saxby to Evo-Stik NPL Division One South colleagues Belper Town.
Speaking to the club website, manager Kevin Gee confirmed that although the loss of Fearon was expected he was extremely disappointed at the way the transaction had taken place.
He said: “When we received a seven-day notice of approach from Eastwood although I had no communications from their manager John Ramshaw, it seemed obvious to me that the player had already been spoken to, which I thought was somewhat disrespectful.
“When John first got the Eastwood job he rang me a few times on thoughts and recommendations and a few names, so for him to not contact me throughout all this transaction is a little disappointing - perhaps he’s lost my number! But nothing surprises me in football any more so you just have to get on with it.
“As for Cameron himself, when I spoke to him, although he was enjoying the changes taking place, I just felt that he had set his heart on trying to test himself to see if he could play at the higher level - and of course the financial package Eastwood offered him by far exceeded anything we can offer, so he has gone with our blessing, I have wished him well and we move on.”
Regarding new signing Romaine Graham, Gee confirmed: “I’m delighted to have got the signature of Romaine from Hucknall Town. Irrespective of the Cameron situation, I had already spoken to the manager of Hucknall Town as to whether or not Romaine was available.
“At the time he’d just loaned him out to Dunkirk for a month but when that loan period had finished I went back in for him.
“I saw a lot of Romaine in the early part of the season when Tommy Brookbanks was the manager of Hucknall and he played nearly all of the games, partnering Wayne Duik in the centre of defence.
“He played exceptionally well when man-marking Matt Haddrell at Leek in the 0-0 home game and I instantly took a liking to him. He’s a strong fit lad but more importantly young enough and disciplined enough to develop his raw talent, which is what I have to keep unearthing within my financial restraints.
“It may be with the loss of Cameron, Steve Kennedy’s imminent suspension and Tommy Hannigan’s niggling injuries that I will need to bring another central defender in - we’ll just have to monitor the situation.
“We looked a very good side on Saturday and made a very good side in Stamford look ordinary which is a credit to the squad. But we need to keep improving as there is still a long way to go and hard work to be put in if we are to achieve our goal and retain our Northern Premier League membership.
“However, if there are any players out there that I think will continue to improve the strength and depth of the squad within budget then I’ll keep bringing them in.”