Michael Brothers has backed Needham Market to continue to progress after he left the club at the end of last week, writes Alex Moss.
The departing striker returned to Bloomfields for his fourth spell with the Marketmen in September of last year, and fired in 15 goals to help the club avoid relegation in their first season in the Ryman League Premier Division.
Last Friday night, Needham announced a deal had been agreed to release Brothers from his contract by mutual consent, with the popular frontman dropping down two leagues to join FC Clacton.
“A month ago me and Mark (Morsley, first-team manager) had a chat and I explained my situation,” the 31-year-old said. “I’ve got a young family and my commitments at work had changed as well.
“I’d previously dropped down a few leagues but then I came back again.
“I’m 31 now and football had to give. Football is still important to me but in whatever I do I want to be committed, I didn’t want to do anything where I’m not fully into it.
“I had some great times at Needham and I got on well with the fans. I think they liked my personality.
“It’s a really tight squad there and they’re absolutely flying now. I’m going to miss it.
“I’m extremely pleased to have been a part of it and I think the club will continue to progress.”
n The Marketmen have bolstered their squad with the return of Colchester United midfielder Callum Harrison on a one- month loan.
The 19-year-old impressed at Bloomfields in a near three-month loan spell last season and came off the bench as a second-half substitute in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Canvey Island.
Assistant manager Richard Wilkins said: “We totally dominated the first half and missed quite a few chances.
“We should have gone three or four goals up at half-time and in the second half we looked tired.
“I can’t fault the lads. They’ve been working hard and it’s been a busy month.”