Lowestoft Town chief frustrated as Ryan Jarvis and Frazer Blake-Tracey leave for King's Lynn
PUBLISHED: 18:29 03 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:29 03 June 2017
Shirley D Whitlow
Lowestoft Town chairman Gary Keyzor has expressed his frustration after the club lost more key players, with Ryan Jarvis and Frazer Blake-Tracey both joining King's Lynn Town.
While Jarvis’ exit was perhaps no real surprise, Blake-Tracey’s departure has clearly hit a nerve with Lowestoft chairman Gary Keyzor.
In a statement on the club’s website, Keyzor said: “After a month of negotiations the club finally agreed terms with Frazer Blake-Tracy and Frazer had agreed to sign for another season.
“After agreeing terms with us, Frazer then ignored all requests and correspondence from the club to meet and sign his new contract.
“We were later notified that during that time Frazer had met and agreed a one-year term with King’s Lynn.
“Ryan Jarvis was offered a new contract within the clubs’ current budget. Understandably this was too much of a drop in income for him and his young family and this week Ryan has agreed a two-year deal with King’s Lynn.”
It follows the departure of other key players from Crown Meadow: Jamie Forshaw was not offered a new deal while goalkeeper Jake Jessup, having been initially offered a new contract, has now left after discussions with the club. Dominic Docherty was offered his first contract with the club and also a role within the academy and CIC and, says Keyzor, agreed to this but days later signed for near rivals Leiston.
Keyzor added: “Obviously this is a very frustrating time for both management and fans and player movement is inevitable during the close season.
“The management team are working hard in recruiting the right calibre of player to add to our squad and as always we will not release any information until such times as deals are complete and contracts are signed.
“We have some positive things going on regarding recruitment and will be in a position to release more details over the coming days.”
Jarvis, meanwhile, told King’s Lynn’s official website: “I am very happy to have made the move and cannot wait to get started with (manager) Ian (Culverhouse) and the lads.
“I’m only 30 years of age so I’m not an old man yet and I know that I have lots to offer the club. I know that the team is a very young one so hopefully my experience will help to steady the ship going forward.
“I came along to the Norfolk Senior Cup final and there’s certainly some good players around the club and I’m genuinely excited about the new season.”
Culverhouse added: “I’m very pleased to have got Ryan on board with us for the new season.
“He brings great experience to the club, something which were lacking towards the end of last season. He has great ball retention and can also pick a pass as well. He’s also a very comfortable Step Three player and I know he is a very valuable acquisition to the squad.”
Jarvis, born in Fakenham, came through the ranks at Norwich City, scoring a memorable goal for the Canaries at Carrow Road in 2005 playing against Liverpool.
He had a series of loan moves before joining Leyton Orient in 2008 and then York City before moving to Lowestoft two years ago.