Hednesford Town manager Rob Smith has stated how, much like the departures of previous revered players moving on to a higher level such as Chris Clements and Elliott Durrell, John Disney leaves Keys Park for Chester FC of the Football Conference with both the blessing of the management team and thanks for his efforts over the past two seasons.
Disney, who was signed following the demise of Northwich Victoria ahead of the 2011/12 season, showed huge character to continue playing for the club after tragically losing his Father unexpectedly in his first campaign at Hednesford and, following a superb run of form culminating in the famous play-off victory against FC United of Manchester, was a major part of Hednesford’s ultimately unsuccessful but hugely positive season back in the Conference North.
Smith made it clear how important a player ‘Dis’ was to his team and that he understands the reasons for his move.
‘I have nothing but praise for John’s attitude and performances for us during his time here, he has been an integral part of the squad and I wish him all the best at a big club where I’m sure he will do very well.
‘I have known for some time now that John would be moving on as he was struggling with the travelling so wanted a club nearer home but he will be missed.
‘He is very calm and composed on the ball, excellent going forward, and in my opinion there is no doubt that his all round game, especially defensively, improved massively in his time with us.’
Looking towards the new season Smith continued with his cautionary tale regarding the spending of several clubs in the Conference North this season but once again made it clear how happy he is with the players recruited so far, admitting there are more signings to come.
‘We have some exciting possibilities in the background and of course we have targets in mind to replace John Disney but I have never known so much money thrown around at this level.
‘We will simply not pay ridiculous wages and we have had to be very careful and very clever in our targets this summer but I believe the lads we will be bringing in will give us a very competitive squad. We will give anyone a game on our day and I am excited about the quality and hunger we will have in the squad.’
With under two weeks until Hednesford’s traditional pre-season curtain-raiser at AFC Wulfrunians there are no doubt going to be further signings as Smith prepares his squad for what promises to be another exciting campaign for The Pitmen.
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