Striker Jamie Forshaw leaves Lowestoft Town after contract not renewed
Shirley D Whitlow
Jamie Forshaw has left Lowestoft Town after the Trawlerboys confirmed they would not be renewing his contract this summer.
The striker returned to Crown Meadow last summer after originally leaving the club in 2012, but hasn’t made the impact many fans had hoped.
Manager Ady Gallagher is once again working on a shoestring budget this summer and he admitted that he feels the money being spent on Forshaw could be better used to improve other areas of the squad.
“I can confirm that Jamie Forshaw has not been offered a new deal,” said Gallagher, who has told the club he will stay for next season despite the difficult financial parameters being placed on him. “We wish him well and we continue to negotiate with two or three others that are out of contract.
“I feel Jamie has contributed this season but I just feel that it frees up money to add to the squad.
“Some of that money can be better spent on younger players that want to make an impression at this level of football and I just want to try and get more for my money.
“We need to thicken the squad out with younger players and we need to make sure that we use that money really well.”
One man that Gallagher will be keen to keep hold of this summer is Fraser Blake-Tracy with the former Dereham man ending a memorable first season at the Meadow with both goals in the club’s 3-2 defeat to Needham Market in the Suffolk Premier Cup final.
Gallagher feels Blake-Tracy is in the right place to continue his development and feels the Blues could have an even better player on their hands next season.
“Fraser has been exceptional for us this season,” said Gallagher. “I’m proud to have been involved in his development. He has certainly come out of his shell and I think there’s more to come from him.
“As a young lad he is in the right place and if he continues working hard at other areas of his game then I think he can get even better.”
Gallagher confirmed that he is on the lookout for reinforcements to his squad but admits no deals are imminent.
“We are working and talking to people but we have to be patient,” he added. “You have to remember that every other club is sniffing around for new players as well.”