Exclusive: Tudors boss reveals that skipper Parkes is set to leave the club

Parkes has perfected his knee-slide celebration. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Parkes has perfected his knee-slide celebration. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

Hemel Hempstead Town captain Jordan Parkes looks set to leave the club, with manager Dean Brennan revealing that the midfielder has been placed on the transfer list after rejecting the offer of a new contract.

Parkes goes on to the list alongside goalkeeper Laurie Walker and centre-back Moussa Diarra as Tudors boss Dean Brennan starts to reshape his squad for next season.

We offered Jordan Parkes the best deal we have ever offered anybody at this football club and he turned it down

Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan

“Players-wise, Laurie Walker has gone on the transfer list, and so has Moussa Diarra and Jordan Parkes,” said Brennan.

“We offered Jordan Parkes the best deal we have ever offered anybody at this football club and he turned it down.

“There is interest in him and we’ve had a bid for him from a side in our league but we turned that down because it didn’t meet our valuation of him.

“We just have to move in a different direction now – Jordan has told us that he doesn’t want to stay and we have no problem with that.

“He’s done a fantastic job at the football club and we wish him all the best but we knew when we got the job that we were going to have to move players on because that’s just the way football works.

“We had goals from Matty Nolan in the first year, then Ben Mackey and Lewis Toomey last year so we know that other players come along.

“We stick to our beliefs and wish Parkesy all the best, but clubs have got to meet our criteria that we have set. I think the player himself is happy with what we’ve set – he thinks it’s fair for him and fair for the football club – so other clubs have got to come and buy him now and pay for him.

“He’s still got another year left on his contract so we will see if it gets resolved but we are just looking forward now.”

Brennan is now on the hunt for new players as he looks to rebuild his side.

“We will start bringing in players in June, but in this league we just don’t have the finances to go out and get who we want,” he said.

“We’ve got a list of 44 players – there’s about six of them coming off that list because they’ve resolved their contracts – but that is without looking at professional players who have been released.

“We have a trialist game on July 4 and that will be for all young pros who have been released. We have circulated that to agents and league clubs so we will see who turns out for that as well.

“We’ve offered some deals to players already and we are just waiting for them to get back to us.”

Brennan also revealed that there could be more players following Parkes out of the club, but confirmed that he has retained the services of nine of last year’s squad.

“There’s a few of our players on holiday who I haven’t had the chance to speak to yet, but I know some of them can’t commit to the training days and that’s up to them,” he added. “We are looking for young, hungry football players who want to be professional footballers.

“The players who were on loan have gone back to their clubs, although I don’t know what their contract situations are.

“So far we have retained Dennis Oli, Jamie Head, Ed Asafu-Adjaye, Arthur Lee, Matty Harriott, James Potton, Oliver Hawkins, Nicke Kabamba and James Simmonds. We are looking to work with a 19-man squad so we need to bring in another 10 players.

“This is the busiest time of the year for us because it’s when we do all our groundwork, so it is also the most important.

“We’re just absolutely buzzing now and there will be no excuses for the players – results will fall on my head.