Casuals boss clears air with Joel

First published in Football Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Corinthian Casuals boss Kim Harris is to hold clear the air talks with striker Joel Thompson amid fears his star man’s heart is no longer at King George’s Field.

Harris revealed last week that he thought his lanky frontman’s head had been turned by a series of illegal approaches for his services.

Thompson was dropped to the bench for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Sittngbourne, which had come after a fine 2-0 win at Eastbourne Town on Tuesday.

And the Casuals chief is hoping a heart-to-heart with his in-form centre forward can see him commit to his side’s Ryman Division One South campaign.

“I put him on the bench because his head is not right,” he said.

“I think his head has been turned by talk of interest elsewhere. If that is the case then he is no good to us.

“If he does leave then good luck to him, but I would be disappointed if he goes to a team in the same league as us.

“He is a lovely lad, but he doesn’t work and needs the money, so I don’t blame him if he goes.”

Casuals keeper Danny Bracken is facing a 12-week lay-off after breaking his collar bone in a mountain biking accident in Brighton last week.

Bracken also chipped his pelvis, but Harris revealed it could have been worse.

“As he came down he thought he was going to land on his head, which could have been nasty,” he added.

Harris is hoping Paul Honey, Glenn Boosey and Matt Kitson are fit for Saturday’s trip to Whitstable Town.

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