Needham Market boss reveals why he is letting prolific Sam Newson leave club

Sam Newson, left

Sam Newson, left - Credit: Archant

Needham Market striker Sam Newson has been transfer-listed by the Bloomfields club, but manager Mark Morsley insists there has been no falling-out between the duo.

Newson has scored an impressive 136 goals in 240 games for the club in five-and-a-half seasons and played an integral part in the Marketmen’s rise to the Ryman Premier Division at the end of last season.

The striker has made 17 starts for Morsley this season, scoring on seven occasions, but a change in playing style has left the frontman surplus to requirements.

Newson Tweeted the news about his impending departure at the weekend, offering his services as a striker prior to the 4-0 home victory against Brentwood Town, in which he was an unused substitute.

We made him (Newson) available for transfer at the end of last week, but there has been no falling-out,” explained Morsley.


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“We changed our style of play five or six games ago and that did not suit Sam’s style of play.

“We are playing with one up front, using a targetman and Sam’s strength is playing in a two and picking up the bits and pieces.

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“We had a frank conversation, we have not fell out, and the lad wants to play regular football.

“He loves the game and is probably going to go down in folklore at Needham for the amount of goals he has scored.”

Despite Morsley’s admission that Newson’s Needham career is probably over, the former Leiston and AFC Sudbury boss believes the striker won’t be short of offers.

“I can’t give Sam enough plaudits,” explained Morsley, who has Ollie Mann and Michael Brothers ahead of Newson at Bloomfields.

“He is probably the most hard-working player I have ever worked with but as a manager you can’t make decisions with your heart.

“I have played 4-5-1 for the last 15 years and during all the successful times I have had, playing with midfielders bombing on and two wingers.

“We had lost our identity a bit and were struggling and lacking goals so we have changed things and unfortunately that doesn’t suit Sam’s game, but he understands that.”

He added: “If a Ryman North manager out there looking to win promotion, they should go and get Sam.

“He is a proven goalscorer at that level and as a manager, I would move heaven and earth to get him.”

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