Danny Bloor admitted it was sad to see Ade Olorunda leave the Dripping Pan but insisted his and Garry Wilson’s Lewes side could keep getting the positive results without him.
Olorunda left the Rooks by mutual consent this week after deciding increased work commitments had affected his ability to commit to training and matches.
The striker, 31, joined the club in the summer from Maidstone United but, said the club this week: “After extensive discussion with the first team management, Ade has left by mutual consent. His increased work commitments means he is unable to continue to commit to training and matches at a level both he and the club require.”
Speaking to the club’s website, Rooks boss Garry Wilson said: “It’s obviously disappointing for both Ade and ourselves that things haven’t quite worked out but Ade’s work commitment at the school he works at in Hastings has changed since the start of the season and he’s been finding getting to training increasingly difficult of late. It’s the best solution for both player and club.”
Olorunda scored four goals in 15 first team appearances for the Rooks this term.
Rooks assistant boss Bloor said: “It’s disappointing but we have to move on. We wish Ade well as he’s a top guy. It’s part and parcel of a football season.
He added: “We had our best display of the season against Margate and we didn’t have Ade in the team that day.”
Bloor hinted that he and Wilson were aiming at ‘playing a different way’ to that which suited Olorunda’s game and pointed to Dan Smith and Nathan Crabb as forwards who have been doing a job for the Rooks already this season.
As for forum reports that Bayan Fenwick – who we revealed last week had rejoined the club – was just training with the Rooks to gain fitness before moving on, Bloor said: “There’s nothing to report, really. He’s signed and is training with us and he’s eligible to play on Saturday. It’s up to us, Garry and I, whether he plays or not.”
And of Rikki Banks turning out for Whitehawk on Saturday, when Lewes had a free weekend, he said: “Darren Freeman is a friend of mine, and Whitehawk have been very good to us with Andy Pearson. It’s a two-way street, you can’t have it all in a one way direction. But Rikki Banks is our goalkeeper.”
Lewes travel to Grays tomorrow before heading to Bury Town on Tuesday night.
Grays’ win-draw-lost record at home this season is a decent 4-2-1 while Bury’s is a mirror image 1-2-4. But Bloor said: “We just get on with it.
“We’ve had a little break and we’re itching to get back on to the pitch. They’ll be equally tough games and we’ll approach them as such.”