NON LEAGUE: CANVEY chairman George Frost will stand down at the end of the season to make way for a new era at the club, writes James Colasanti.

The local businessman planned to confirm his decision with committee members last night, after the Echo had gone to press.

Frost took over as chairman six years ago from Dennis Rugg, who assumed the role following Jeff King’s departure. The 59-year-old says he will no longer have an official capacity with the Gulls but may continue to help with sponsorship.

But he says he is looking forward to cheering on Danny Heale’s emerging side from the stands at Park Lane.

He said: “It’s just time for someone else to take the reins now.

“I’ve done it for six years and initially I only took it on for a year.

“I’ve enjoyed it but there are a lot of things that need to be done and it needs some new people to take it on to the next stage really.

“I would’ve probably packed up last year but I wanted to stay and help Dan through his first year.”

Canvey legend King, along with Vic Bryant, Michael O’Brien, Conrad Phillips, Chris Sutton and Gary Sutton are directors at the club.

Frost said he had no idea who his replacement at the Ryman Premier club might be.

He added: “This is why I wanted to do this before the end of the season, it gives them time to sit down and work it all out.

“They need to sort out the funding and how they will tackle next season, really.

“But I don’t think that will be a problem and, of course, I wish the club luck going forward.”