‘Leader’ Magunda leaves Tamworth for fellow Southern League side

Credit: Paul Barber
(Credit: Paul Barber)

Tamworth have lost a ‘solid leader’ in Joe Magunda, reckons joint manager Gary Smith, as the defender chose to sign for another club.

The no-nonsense defender had been an instrumental part of Tamworth’s backline in the past two seasons, forming a strong partnership with Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

Smith admits losing a ‘leader’ like Magunda is a blow but reckons replacements on their way in will more than make up for it.

Jordan Gough has also confirmed a switch to Tamworth’s rivals Nuneaton Borough for the new season.

“Joe is a big strong boy and he’s solid,” Smith said.

Jordan Gough has left for Nuneaton Borough

“You’ve seen over the last few seasons what he’s capable of. He’s a leader and you don’t like to lose leaders, but this is football, players come players go.

“As a manager I can’t sit and worry about that – if it happens then I just have to work to find a solution.”

That solution has arrived in the form of a number of new defensive signings in recent weeks.

Jordaan Brown, Ben Hart, and Orrin Pendley have all arrived while the retainment of Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and Cameron Howkins adds further options at the back.

Smith is confident despite losing Magunda and Gough that the Lambs are stronger at the back.

“Jordan Gough has obviously left the club,” Smith said. “It’s tough, it’s football. These are the decisions we have to make as managers and sometimes those decisions are taken out of your hands by players themselves, so you’ve got to move on and look forward.

“You can’t build a house without foundation. You have to sometimes start from the bottom and build your way through until you reach the top, and that’s what we’ve done.

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“We’ve tried to make sure we’re solid all-round the park which is going to be something that we’re going to need if we want to be successful.”

Joint boss Andrew Danylyszyn said he was upset to be losing a loyal player but understands the motives behind the move.

“Joe has turned down two offers of more money before the start of the season, but he stayed here and was loyal,” Danylyszyn added.

“I’ve not got a bad word to say about him because he has been a great player for us, and he’s been loyal. He’s helped us build a foundation here with his leadership and how he is in the dressing room, but I completely understand why he’s gone.

“It’s not a case of chasing money, it’s a case of having a family and having a mortgage to pay and the last year has affected finances for everyone.”

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