Abbey and Whelan leave

BOSTON United's tiny squad has shrunk even more after Noel Whelan and Nathan Abbey have had their contracts terminated.

Official club website bufc.co.uk says employment was ended due to mutual consent.

Whelan has been out of action for the Pilgrims since he checked himself into the Sporting Chance alcohol rehabilitation clinic.

Abbey recently returned from a loan spell at Leyton Orient to the news that he would serve as third choice keeper behind teenagers Conrad Logan and Chris Wright.

He was even forced to take on double training sessions, including Saturdays when his teammates were traveling to matches, and suffered the indignity of being named as a sub for the youth team in a friendly against Boston Grammar School.

United boss Steve Evans said: "Noel has a big personal fight on his hands and that is his current priority.

"He has had and will continue to have my full support in what is a difficult time for a smashing lad.

"He made the request in the hope that when he is ready to return to football, he can have a fresh start and having slept on it, I have agreed to his request.

"Noel has asked us to pass on his thanks to everyone at Boston United and in particular, his team-mates who he worked with every day.

"Nathan Abbey leaves us and we all wish him every success. I understand that the lad has a few options to consider and I am positive that whoever signs him will get good value.

"Last season and for a large part of this season, Nathan was our number one and in spells, he was excellent. Conrad Logan and Chris Wright are two young goalkeepers fighting it out now for the starting place and therefore it made sense to allow Nathan to pursue his career away from York Street."