THE summer clear out at Kingfield continued last week as two star Cards bid farewell to the club.
First to announce his departure last Thursday was striker Giuseppe Sole, who cleared out his locker after nine years in the Woking first team (352 appearance, 111 goals).
That was followed the next day by further shock news for Kingfield regulars when Mark Ricketts confirmed he has hung up the captain’s armband to join fellow National League side Boreham Wood after seven years with Woking.
Speaking to the News & Mail about his exit, Ricketts, 31, confirmed that he had turned down a new contract from Woking boss Garry Hill, which was offered on reduced terms.
Meanwhile, graduate of Woking’s Academy, Sole, 28, explained that he has been released by Hill and is currently looking for a new club.
Fans’ favourite ‘Gez’ (as he is known on the terraces) burst on to the scene a decade ago as a 17 year old – the first goal for the home grown talent coming against Morecambe in 2006.
He became just the 10th member of Cards’ exclusive ‘Centurions’ goal club when he hit his 100th effort for Woking back in October 2014.
Sole also spent short spells with Newport County, Basingstoke Town, Dorchester Town, Havant & Waterlooville and Ebbsfleet United – but says he plans to stay in the Woking area.
Also a former Ebbsfleet man, Ricketts arrived from the Kent club in 2009 before quickly being installed as then manager Graham Baker’s captain. As well as lifting the Conference South title in 2012, Ricko also lifted the Surrey Senior Cup on two occasions.
Full ‘Fond farewell’ interviews in this week’s News & Mail.