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Deano is sorry to go

DEAN Calcutt has been forced to leave Accrington Stanley because of finances.

DEAN Calcutt has been forced to leave Accrington Stanley because of finances.

The winger works as an auto electrician and decided he couldn't afford to give up his job and go full-time with the Reds next season although he was offered a contract.

He, along with John Durnin, Gordon Armstrong, Jerome Fitzgerald, Andy Gouck and Kieran Killackey won't be part of Stanley's charge next season.

"It is sad but what I have been offered just isn't enough," said Calcutt, who signed from Bradford PA two years ago.

"I am 28 and I have a couple of commitments - I am moving house at the moment - and I just couldn't afford to give up my job and go full-time."

"I would have needed more than some league clubs pay to make the same amount and I know clubs can't afford to do that."

"I will have to remain in part-time football and John (Coleman) is doing what he can to help me get a new club."

"He has put me on the list so clubs can see I am available."

"There are no hard feelings - it is just the situation. They are a good set of lads at Accrington and I hope they can make the play-offs next season."

"I would have liked a year full-time but I just can't do it."

Calcutt has had a stop-start season because of a hernia injury and he has been hindered by suspensions.

"I would have liked to have played more games this season - the injury has stopped me but I also started some games, did okay and then things were changed around which is up to the manager."

"But it is a brilliant place and I have loved my time here."

His favourite moments were last season's promotion into the Conference and the FA Cup first round game against Third Division Huddersfield at the Interlink.

"I have enjoyed my two years here. Winning promotion was great - that is why I came to the club, to win things - and it was a good year."

"And, with being from Huddersfield, it was a dream to play against my home town club."

"I have enjoyed playing in the Conference - the new places, the new grounds and the standard."

"I would like to stay in the Conference but may have to drop down back into the UniBond. I will just have to see what happens but I wish Accrington Stanley all the best."


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