Talisman Tommy unsure over his Fetcham future
TOMMY Hutchings admitted that he was unsure of his own future following the Tanners' relegation on Saturday.
The front man has been a Leatherhead player for five years, but revealed that had it not been for the club's promotion last year, he would have left.
And now they have been relegated back to the Ryman League Division One South, he did not know whether he would be a Tanners player next season or not.
"I really don't know what I'm going to do," he said. "If we hadn't got promoted last season I would have looked to have gone then, but getting promoted I thought 'let's stick together'.
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"Now you'd rather go to Lewes away than Crawley Down, but I really don't know. The only thing that makes me want to stay at the club are Brades (manager Richard Brady) and Coyley (assistant manager Jamie Coyle). Brades has taught me a lot and in five years of being here I've never had a decent coach that trains us. He's been brilliant, but maybe it came too late after the start we had to the season."
Hutchings said that his broken leg in pre-season affected his displays this year.
He added: "I had a broken leg last year, if I'd have gone into the season with a full pre-season I probably would have scored 30-odd goals, but I feel like I'm on my last legs at the minute. We've been talking and we'll see how it goes.
"It's been a turbulent year for everyone, players coming and going, but personally I think that maybe we clicked as a team unit too late, everyone came together in the last few weeks, there's a great team spirit there, but it's too little too late."
One thing that could tempt Hutchings to stay at Fetcham Grove is if the club gets a reprieve and remains a Ryman League Premier Division club.
He said: "I wouldn't mind a reprieve, I don't think we deserve to go down if you work out ratios since Brady's come in.
"If he'd been here all season we'd probably be on 60 points and wouldn't be here, but we'll have to wait and see what happens, you never know."
If they don't get a reprieve though, Hutchings is in no doubt that if the squad stays together, they can bounce straight back.
"The players in there are quality and without a doubt if the players stick together we can come straight back up," he enthused. "Brades and Coyley are well connected, I'm sure they know a hell of a lot of good players, it was obviously difficult when they took over to try and get players to come and play for a club that had got one point from nine games, that's not going to be an attractive offer, but if they can keep most of the players together, keep the team spirit then there's going to be half a chance.
"The boys are gutted, Brady is trying to pull us all together like he has done all season. He's been brilliant, first class, him and Coyley, a lot's gone on with our managers and that and whether they are the right managers or not, but if the club want to go anywhere they are the right men to go with, they know football inside out."