Date: 28th June 2014 at 8:19pm
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Jon Ashton has come to the decision that he wants to focus more completely on his own form and fitness in 2014-15, and in deciding such he’s ready to hand over the captain’s armband to somebody new.

Speaking to the Official Site the defender explained that he’d had a long hard think over the summer, and having now returned to pre season training yesterday, he explained his thoughts to manager Graham Westley.

‘I’ve had time to reflect on last season and my future career at Stevenage. One of the main things I felt I needed to make a decision on was the captaincy. I want to get back to playing winning football and winning football matches for Stevenage. For me to do this and for the benefit of the team I feel I need to concentrate 100% on my own fitness and form so have therefore decided to hand the captaincy over.’

Ashton goes on to say that he feels incredibly proud to have skippered the club last season and he wouldn’t have changed that for the world, despite his captaincy coming as we were relegated, but with it being a fresh start for the club, this move will be beneficial for him, and also allow a fresh voice to come through.

Manager Westley praised him for his efforts last season in saying.

‘Ash gives 110% in everything he does and he gave his very best to the captaincy in testing circumstances. I support him fully in his decision to refocus on his own form and fitness which I think will be good for him and good for us.’

Westley goes on to say that hopefully having had a season under his belt since his Achilles operation, and a good rest over the summer, he’ll return to the ‘outstanding player’ that we all know he could be, and that he started showing towards the end of last year.