Metcalf gutted to leave Worthing

Steve Metcalf admitted he was gutted to leave Worthing Football Club last week, saying it was a club he saw himself retiring at.

Monday, 3rd October 2016, 4:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 2:03 pm
Steve Metcalf in action for Worthing last season

The 32-year-old captained Worthing to promotion from the Ryman League South Division last season but was released on Friday owing to financial reasons.

Metcalf said: “I was very disappointed and gutted to have that conversation with Gary (Elphick) and Jon (Meeney; joint managers) last week as it was a club I could have seen myself retiring at.

“I always loved playing for Worthing and am gutted to leave but that’s football, these things happen and I’ll move on.

“I have the utmost respect for Jon and Gary and I loved my time playing for them. Last season, being captain and winning promotion couldn’t have been any better.

“I’m disappointed to leave but being a non-contracted player, these things can happen.”

Metcalf did not have a bad word to say about the club and added: “It’s such a great club and Jon and Gary are taking it in the right direction.

“They’ve got a fantastic group of lads and I’m sure that once they get used to the league, they will be fine.

“It’s a big step up from the South Division, with a lot of good teams and you seem to get punished for every mistake but the lads will be learning all the time.

“I’d also like to thank the fans, who were superb all of the time I played for the club. I’ve had quite a few messages from them on Twitter and Facebook since I left and they’ve always been excellent.”

On his future, Metcalf said: “My legs are still good and my phone’s been going a lot but I’m not 100 per cent sure what my next move is yet. I’m talking to a few clubs and I’ll make a decision based on what is right for me.”

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