MICHAEL MALCOLM has been placed on the transfer list by new Lewes boss Simon Wormull.
Wormull, appointed as caretaker manager for the rest of the season following Steve King’s departure last week, said the former Crawley and Farnborough striker was unable to “commit to the new training structure at the club”.
He also said work-related matters had contributed to putting the Rooks’ top scorer – with 13 goals this season – on the list, although Wormull said the forward had assured him he would “continue to give 100 per cent” before he moved on.
Malcolm’s likely departure could be seen part of a player clearout at the Pan, with winger Albert Jarrett and midfielder Alex Stavrinou also on their way through the exit door, although Stavrinou is leaving at the end of a two-month loan deal.
A statement on the club website said the move was part of a “number of player movements” from the new boss, adding that Wormull was hoping to bring some new signings to the club “in the next two to three days”.
Meanwhile, in some potentially good news for the Rooks, the statement read that Wormull was hoping to extend the loan deal of popular goalkeeper Rikki Banks from local rivals Eastbourne Borough.
The statement in full reads: ‘Rooks caretaker boss Simon Wormull has begun to assess the options within his squad, with the announcement of a number of player movements.
“Striker Michael Malcolm has today been placed on the transfer list.
‘Wormull said: “Michael spoke to myself and (Lewes FC general manager) Steve Duly over the weekend, and has been very honest that he will not be able to commit to the new training structure of the club.
“This, coupled with some work related issues, has led us to agree for him to be placed on the transfer list.
“His attitude has been first class and he has assured me that he will continue to give 100 per cent until he moves on.”
The statement went on: ‘Goalkeeper Rikki Banks’ current loan agreement expires on Saturday, and the club will be speaking to Eastbourne Borough regarding a possible extension.
‘Albert Jarrett, who joined the club in November on a temporary agreement, has been released, and midfielder Alex Stavrinou will be returning to his parent club Ebbsfleet United after a successful two-month loan spell.’
The statement ended with Wormull saying: “There are a number of factors that I have to deal with at the moment. We thank both players for their services, and wish them well for the future.
“I have identified some new faces to bring into the squad, and hope that these signings will happen inside the next two or three days.”