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‘I don’t blame Purdie’, says Foyle
12:30pm Saturday 14th July 2012 in Sport
HEREFORD United manager Martin Foyle says Rob Purdie’s departure could turn out to be good for the club.
United’s player-of-the-season rejected an improved deal at Edgar Street to link up with former Bulls boss Graham Turner at League One new boys Shrewsbury Town.
But Foyle, who admitted he would have done the same thing in the 29-year-old utility player’s shoes, feels it could benefit the squad.
”It might not be a bad thing with him and some of the other players going,” he said. “Sometimes you need a fresh breed. Everyone has been working fantastically together and the ones who have come in have bedded in well.
“Rob is a decent lad, but who wouldn’t have done the same thing? I certainly would have gone if it was me.”
Recruitment has been slow at the Blue Square Bet Premier club, with only goalkeeper James Bittner and centre-half Luke Graham both joining from Forest Green Rovers.
But Foyle has brought in transfer-listed Torquay United striker Lloyd Macklin, 20, for a two-game trial, starting with today’s home friendly against Yeovil Town (3pm).
Striker Sean Canham has also penned a deal, having fallen out of favour last term.
However, versatile former Kidderminster Harriers player Chris McPhee, 29, who was linked with Hereford, has joined Blue Square Bet South side Salisbury City as player-coach.
Hereford will host Championship club Bristol City in a friendly on Friday, August 3 (7.30pm).