the heart has been taken from our club .
I think you've summed it up excellently Alan - quite simply, Jacko's departure means we no longer have a true figurehead to the club. The longest serving current player (I think) for us now is Matt Lee, and bizarrely, in an age of chairman thinking rashly and sacking their managers on a regular basis, Andy has been at the club for longer than all of our remaining players. I recently read an interview with AC Milan's legendary one-club man Paolo Maldini, who claimed that football needs one-club players, and he's quite right.
To be honest, the commitment that Jacko always showed is a huge loss. However, he has now reached an age where, roughly midway through his playing career, he is inevitably going to be thinking that he must move on and achieve the best he can in his career, and sadly that time has arrived.
Clearly, we must now hope that Benno and the Fridge sign new deals, and that Andy shows his legendary shrewdness in the transfer market to its full potential. If all of these things fail to happen, relegation next season seems a worryingly high possibility.
However, no hard feelings, Jacko. Thanks for nine excellent seasons and best of luck with Dagenham.
P.S. Good luck to Jamie Turner too, wherever he may end up. Also, I am pleased that the four aforementioned players have signed for next season - especially Sturgess, for it is excellent to see him back playing after such an unfortunate season.
P.P.S. Alan W, I believe Rob Owen has already signed for next season.