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Keeper Ray is released from Ladysmead

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: September 05, 2008

<P>Ray Johnston</P>

Ray Johnston

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MARTYN Rogers praised Ray Johnston after releasing the goalkeeper from Tiverton Town last week.

The former Gloucester City stopper paid the price for failing to recover from a succession of injuries, coupled with the form of new arrival Steve Book.

Johnston snapped an Achilles' tendon last season and his attempts to establish himself in the side were dashed when he suffered an ankle injury in a pre-season friendly against League One Yeovil Town.

Manager Rogers has since recruited experienced keeper Book and the former Cheltenham Town man has been impressive so far.

And with Rogers refusing to have two keepers on the books — due to the ability of defender Tom Gardner to play between the sticks — Johnston's one-year association with the Yellows was brought to an end.

"I have decided to release Ray Johnston," confirmed Rogers. "Steve Book has come in and added a lot to our team.

"He has been excellent for us and, to my mind, he is the better keeper.

"Ray has not been fit, which has been a problem. He has still got an ankle injury as well as the Achilles problem.

"He did really well to get anywhere near fit at the start of the season and, to be fair to the lad, he has worked really hard to get back playing.

"He has given us good service since he has been with us and it is always a tough decision to let players go.

"But it is a decision I had to make."

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