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News Archive > Sport > Sticker midfielder turns down Lillywhites

Sticker midfielder turns down Lillywhites

By Gareth Rowett 13th September 2017

Sticker midfielder turns down Lillywhites
Martyn Duff is staying at Sticker

IN-DEMAND midfielder Martyn Duff has turned down the chance to join Sticker’s Premier League rivals St Austell, writes Gareth Davies.

Former Foxhole player Duff was Sticky’s stand-out performer in an impressive 3-1 win for the Burgullow Park side away at Launceston on Saturday as the league newcomers continue to impress in their maiden Step Six campaign.

Speaking exclusively to the Voice post-match, Sticker boss Andy Avery revealed that despite receiving an official approach from the Lillywhites, Duff was happy to stay put – for the time being at least.

“We have received an official approach,” Avery revealed. “It’s been done in the right way by St Austell too as we have had clubs that have tried to tap up Jack Bowyer without going through the official procedure this season.

“However, Duffers is a Sticker lad. He’s been with us for the last three to four years and played a big part in getting us to this level. He loves the club and we love him and we have made him aware of what we expect from him and how he figures in our plans going forward.

“His performance (against Launceston) was outstanding and one thing I will make perfectly clear is that he isn’t a money man. He loves his football and the lads have the upmost respect for him.

“Whilst I can’t be 100 per cent sure what the future holds, he has told me that he wants to stay at Sticker and I trust him and take his word for it.”

Duff was one of many shining lights for Sticker at Launceston as they totally dominated one of the Division’s form teams thus far in 2017-18 and despite battling some truly awful playing conditions in the first half Avery was impressed at how his side stuck to their footballing principals.

“The weather made it hard for us in the first half, but credit to us as a team because right from the first whistle, we tried to play the ball out from the back which is how we got so much success last season.

“I was disappointed to go in a goal down and you can’t knock their goal because it was the result of some lovely football, but maybe we stood off a little too much before the lad was about to shoot.

“Really and truly we should have been the team to go in ahead after Jack (Bowyer) hit the bar maybe five minutes earlier, but we told the lads in the dressing room that the belief was still there and it was ours to win.

“We just tried to run through their defence at times in the first half and we also said to the lads that as a side, we are good enough to get in behind playing one and two touch football. We did that really well after the break and scored some good goals too.”

They host Porthleven in the first round of the Walter C Parson Cup on Saturday, kick-off at Burngullow Park will be at 2.30pm.

By Gareth Rowett 13th September 2017

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