Hornets skipper Ryan Woodford could be set for a shock exit after boss Simon Colbran revealed the midfielder was considering his options.
The injury-plagued central midfielder, currently playing professional football in Australia is rated as ‘50-50’ to remain at Gorings Mead.
Woodford is due back at Horsham on August 17, the day before the Hornets begin the new season but Colbran admitted: “Right now we are having some negotiation issues with Ryan. We did agree terms and made him club captain, but since he has been away things have changed.”
Woodford is believed to be considering offers from other clubs closer to his south coast home. Colbran admitted his Horsham wages ‘barely covered his petrol’ and said he understood his skipper’s difficult decision.
Despite enduring two injury-plagued seasons Woodford is considered a key component in Colbran’s plans and the central midfield is an area where cover is thin having lost Callum Dunne to Lewes.
“It’s 50-50 at the moment, I’ll do everything I can to keep him but I don’t have a magic lamp to rub,” Colbran said.
One plus though is the return of Reggie Savage, the striker coming off the bench at Margate. Savage was a hit in his first spell at the club and will compete against Billy Medlock, Wayne Clarke, Jaufrey Mahadoo and youngster Jamie Ampleford for a striking role.
“I’m delighted to get him, he’s a real goal-scorer,” Colbran said.