Five commit to Athletic for next season

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Five players have already committed their future to Scarborough Athletic ahead of the new season.

In sharp contrast though, boss Rudy Funk has wielded the axe, as four people have departed the club.

Scarborough News player of the year Pete Davidson, keeper Arran Reid, Matty Plummer, James Bennett and Andy Milne have all pledged to battle on for Boro in the Evo-Stik South.

Making way though are former player/assistant-manager Denny Ingram, Robbie Hawkes, long-serving defender Dave Kemp and physio Karen Hankey.

Ingram made 100 appearances for Boro, while Kemp has figured in over 180 matches. Hawkes in his second spell with the club has featured 40 times.

Funk continues to talk to last season’s players, as well as potential new signings, so further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

He said: “This is the hardest part of being a manager, making decisions like this, but it is what you have to do in football.

“Sometimes you have to let go some of the most loved people and bring others in.

“Maybe people will criticise me, but I am doing this for the right reasons as far as I am concerned, hopefully this will be proved to be right in the long run.

“I can’t thank these people enough and I would like to underline that none of these decisions are based on personal issues.”

Funk added: “I am on the phone 24/7 at the moment, talking to players from last season as well as other potential targets.

“I am delighted to have re-signed some of the lads, I’m hoping to have a few more in the bag very soon.”