Adam Flanagan had these kind words to say about Tony Stokes, as Tony moved onto Canvey Island today.
“I am disappointed to see Tony leave the club but understand and respect his decision. Not only is Tony a good player, he is a good person and he will be missed in and around the dressing room as well as the club as a whole. After a frustrating season last year Tony had committed to sign for Canvey in the summer, yet when I came into the club and with the help of others we were able to convince him to stay. Tony worked hard in the summer to get into shape and was top scorer during pre-season. He started the season well and if not for a sending off at Truro his season could have been very different. With Lewis Taaffe recovering from injury it was important he got match minutes prior to Tony’s suspension coming into place, and with this period of inactivity and the subsequent suspension it meant Tony didn’t start several games. With Tony not being available on Saturday for our trip to Eastbourne and no game this weekend it would have been 3 weeks before Tony could feature. To get the best out of Tony he needs to be playing every week so we discussed about him going out on a short term loan to get him starts, goals and match minutes, but with things maybe not going as he would have liked this season and the frustrations of last year Tony felt it was time for a clean break and a fresh start elsewhere.
Tony has done so much for the club that I felt if we weren’t able to give him guaranteed starts and he wanted a clean break from the club and a fresh start that we should respect his decision. I want his time at Concord to be remembered fondly and not for two seasons of potentially being a squad player. I have in my short time here got to know Megan his wife and his son Chase (who is always kicking a football) and I wish them all the best for the future.”