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Popular defender Junior Baker could leave Blues
JUNIOR Baker could be on his way out of Grays Athletic after being left out of the squad to face Herne Bay.
Ryan Kirby, the Grays Athletic manager, said discussions were underway with several players - including Baker - about them moving on to make way for fresh faces following two heavy home defeats.
A fully-fit Baker was left out of the squad on Saturday entirely - despite Kirby playing three centre-halves - as Blues put in a tepid display at home to Ryman South opposition.
After the game, Kirby said: "It's a discussion i've had with him [Junior] and it's a difficult decisions but to bring players in I have to let players go."
Baker, who has made 56 appearances and scored 9 goals since the start of the 2012/13 season, is understood to be feeling disillusioned at the club, where he is a favourite among the fans.
It might have left during the summer when his former club and Blues fellow Ryman Premier new boys Thamesmead were believed to be interested in his signature, but he was convinced to stay.
Last season, Hakan Hayrettin dubbed him the "blue-eyed boy" before claiming "the team's not all about Junior".
On Wednesday night, Blues were beaten 4-0 by Daventry Town in the FA Cup. A fortnight ago, Ryman Premier league leaders AFC Hornchurch thumped Blues 5-1 at home.
A number of the Ryman league's top sides are likely to be alerted by news of his imminent departure.
"We've let in a lot of goals lately and I just made the decision to go with the players I had," Kirby said.
"I'm going to look to move two or three around to get one or two in because I don't think you can get defeated twice like that on the bounce and expect things to be alright with what we've got. So we're just looking to change one or two personnel to make us stronger.
"Where i've got four centre halves to choose from, there's other factors that come into play, but that's personal between me in the players but that is exactly the case [that Junior could move on]."
Baker was the club's fifth highest goal scorer last season and made numerous, crucial interventions - at both ends.
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