We always said we won't stand in anyone's way of progressing, says Sittingbourne boss Nick Davis

Friday 31st January 2014

SITTINGBOURNE could be in line for an unexpected but welcomed cash windful if Joe Taylor wins a contract in Sweden.

Taylor, 22, who has scored fourteen goals for the Ryman League Division One South club, has gone on trial at Ostersunds, who ply their trade in the Swedish Second Division.

The Swedish club also signed former Northampton Town, Wealdstone and Welling United midfielder Alex Dyer, 23, in December 2013.

Sittingbourne player-manager Nick Davis said: “Yes the club were approached for Joe to go on trial in Sweden with a club called Ostersunds.  I think they play in the second tier of their professional league.

“Both Matt (Wyatt) and I consulted with the club, who were more than happy in letting him trial.

“He flew out Tuesday night, which would have been after our (postponed) game with Hythe and is there for nine days and returns before our game with Hastings (8 February).

“He was only due to miss next Wednesday’s game with Guernsey but we have a re-arranged game away to Redhill tomorrow, weather permitted.

“We always said we would never stand in anyone’s way of progressing if we thought the move was a forward one.

“He is a contracted player, which Ostersunds are aware of and so a fee would have to be negotiated if he is successful.

“He has lots of ability and huge potential and just as important he is a nice lad.

“It’s only a matter of time before he moves on.”

Sittingbourne have played only twice during the wettest January on record and are scheduled to travel to Redhill tomorrow.

The Brickies fly out to Guernsey next Wednesday, after the original game was cancelled due to air traffic control issues.

Davis said: “The weather has been so frustrating as all the other clubs would tell tell. We don’t hold our breath with tomorrow being on and then we are away to Guernsey next Wednesday.

“It’s not ideal, we are having to have two days off work and five of our regulars are not available, but we just have to get on with it.”

Sittingbourne and hundreds of non-league football clubs up and down the country are struggling financally during the crippling wet spell.

Sittingbourne secretary John Pitts said: “We are not big business. We are a community football club run by volunteers who give up countless hours to keep the club going.

“We need your help in keeping the club going and help it to progress.

“Like all clubs are our level we are suffering badly from the lack of income bought about by the wet weather.”

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