UPDATE: Graham Golds praises Nick Jupp following release from City
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ST ALBANS City FC first team keeper has been released by the club.
The club announced on Monday that the 24-year-old, who joined the Clarence Park outfit two seasons ago, has been released so he can seek full-time employment at a higher-level team.
A club statement thanked Jupp for his “effort and commitment” during his tenure and wished him success in his future career.
Joint manager Graham Golds told the Herts Ad that Jupp had been a “great servant” to the club.
“He was great for us last year - everyone, the supporters, ourselves and the players, could see he was a great shot-stopper and kept us in many games.
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“He was a great servant to the club and a good lad to have around the changing room. James and I have enjoyed working with him.”
Even with Jupp’s departure Saints are not short of goalkeeping talent in the squad with Nick Hardy and Tom Coulton also on the books.
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Coulton was a cup hero for Saints, making a dramatic last-minute, point-blank save to deny Bishop’s Stortfort an extra-time equaliser in the Herts Charity Cup final.
The club in is also contact with another goalkeeper for the upcoming season.
Golds added that he and Gray have contacted several players with a view to bringing them to Clarence Park for the 2013/14 campaign but he couldn’t name names at this point.
He did, however, reveal that three youth players have agreed to sign contracts with the club.
Elliot Bailey, James Kaloczi and Matt Taylor, all 18-years-old, have agreed to terms with City and should be signing deals in the near future.
“Ell, James and Matty worked really hard this season and all of them had a run in the team and showed they have the potential to play at this level and go higher,” said Golds, who added he was excited to see local players in the side.
“Matty is a Marlborough Academy student, Ell goes to Sandringham and James is a pupil at Beaumont - it’s great to see local lads involved with the squad.
“We want to show that if you’re good enough you can play for St Albans City. That door has been shut in previous years but we want to open it and filter in young, local talent.”