Exeter City braced for huge double blow

Exeter City look set to lose two key players after their failure to make the League Two play-offs.

They were finalists in the last two years, but finished outside the top seven after final day heartbreak. Their place was taken by Newport, who secured a 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town at the weekend.

Hiram Boateng is perhaps the biggest star set to depart after the disappointment. The former Bristol Rovers man spent much of the season out injured, but returned towards the end of the campaign.

Keeper Christy Pym also looks set to leave St James’ Park as his contract is also expect to expire.

Speaking to Devon Live, manager Matt Taylor admitted that he was looking towards the future without the talented duo.

Christy has been a fantastic servant for this football club, he really has and I fully expect him to go on to bigger and better things,” Taylor said.

“Unfortunately, I had the likes of Christy and Hiram in the last year of their contracts and the first thing I did was to try and get them tied down, but when a player goes into the last year of their contract, they hold the cards.

“They weren’t undervalued, but they felt they weren’t fully valued early on, so Christy goes with my best wishes – if he does go, but I expect him to go – and I want the fans and everyone associated with the club to be really respectful to Christy.”

Exeter finished in ninth place, one point outside the top seven after failing to beat Forest Green on the final day of the season.

Our View

Boateng has to be League One bound. He’s a real talent, both versatile and creative and someone who would add value to any side aspiring for a top ten position.

Pym is also a player with huge potential and the sides promoted from the division are sure to be interested, as well as those that struggled last season in the third-tier.

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