Thomas and Elmo leave Boro

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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk has already had to make some tough decisions before the season has got underway.

Funk has opted to let striker Zeph Thomas leave the club, while Egyptian trialist Elmo has also gone after playing just 45 minutes against Selby on Tuesday night.

Funk said: “We have a big squad, too big at the moment, so decisions have to be made.

“We have a wonderful frontline in Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Blott, Danny Chambers and Jordan Thewlis, who are all doing very well at the moment.

“I felt it would be better that Zeph left now rather than later on. He is a wonderful player and a great person and he understands the situation.

“There are still more decisions to be made, one or two more might move on.

“That is the same with Elmo, who we had down for a couple of training sessions.

“He played 45 minutes against Selby and we took him off.

“We told him that he needs to find another club at possibly a lower level to get some match fitness.

“When a player approaches us we will always give him a go, but this time we had to say no.

“You have to give players their chance because you might find that gem.”

Funk still has a few choices to make on the pitch, though he is almost settled on a starting line-up for the Evo-Stik North opener at Salford a week on Saturday.

This Saturday’s starting line-up at Whitby Town, 3pm, will be very close to the side for the trip to Salford, although they may yet be the odd tweak.

Funk added: “This team will be as close as we will get it at the moment.

“A lot of the positions have been rubber-stamped by players, but there are some I am still undecided on.

“A lot of players are competing very hard for their shirts, which is exactly what you want.”

The Boro boss is eagerly looking forward to the outing at Whitby, not only because it is his side’s last pre-season fixture, but also due to the derby spice that will come with it.

“We are all looking forward to playing Whitby in what is now a regular fixture for the club.

“We will be looking to go up there and play well and I will be looking forward to the banter with the Blues fans.

“I always get a bit of jip from them, but it is all good, light-hearted banter.”