News of Ian Daly's release broke earlier today on the excellent Kentish Football website, when the following story was published:
We won't put the club at risk by trying to live above its means, says Dulwich Hamlet boss Gavin Rose
DULWICH HAMLET manager Gavin Rose says the club can’t compete financially with their rivals'.
The Hamlet finished in sixth-place in the Ryman Premier League table with 82 points from 46 games, missing out on a play-off place by just one point.
It was the south Londoners first season back in the top flight of Ryman League football for the first time since finishing bottom of the table in 2001.
Rose’s side must compete with the likes of Maidstone United and Margate next season and admits to having to work within the club’s budget.
“We can’t compete with our rival clubs financially and won’t put the club at risk by trying to live above its means,” said Rose.
“However, we have agreed deals with five new arrivals to which we will announce within the next fortnight.”
Rose revealed that Dublin-born striker, Ian Daly, 24, was released today.
Daly, who has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at youth level all the way up to under 21, was part of Manchester City youth set-up between 2006-2009 before making 30 appearances for St Patricks Athletic between 2011-2012.
He moved to England to sign for Conference South side Bromley in September 2012, before making the switch to Champion Hill in August 2013.
“We have released Ian Daly today, unfortunately with a few more to follow,” revealed Rose.
“I’d like to go on record in saying Ian was a pleasure to work with and was a credit to the football club.”
Daly scored 12 goals for the Pink & Blues last season and 33-goal midfield magician Erhun Oztumer appears to have played his last game for the club.
When asked the latest news on the 22-year-old star, who is a former trainee at Charlton Athletic and impressed during his time at Dulwich Hamlet, Rose replied: “He’s away on holiday, mulling over three contract offers, I believe.”