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A second footballer quits National League club with immediate effect

A second footballer quits their National League club with immediate effect as they reluctantly accepts his personal request.

34 year old Notts County forward Wes Thomas had been unavailable for selection in recent weeks after refusing to train with the first team due to his concerns over Covid.

The club, who sit 8th in the National League table and a point outside the playoffs, gave him a ‘bespoke programme’ in order for him to keep fit at the ground.

NOTTS COUNTY CLUB STATEMENT:

We have this afternoon reluctantly accepted Wes Thomas’ request to terminate his contract.

The forward, who joined us in 2019, cited family reasons behind his decision and departs with our best wishes for the future.

The Magpies moved quick however to replace him, bringing in Inih Effiong on loan from Stevenage until the end of the season.

Notts County had hoped that Thomas would return when he felt it was safe, especially after he was a big help in guiding the club to a 3rd place finish in the National League last season before losing in the playoff final against Harrogate Town.

He scored 12 times in 32 games last campaign and though for this term couldn’t find the net in any of the four appearances for the club, though did set up two goals in the 3-1 win over Altrincham.

Thomas’ last appearance came back in November 2020 and his progress had been halted due to Covid spreading through the squad and then he suffered with a kidney stone.

THOMAS’ CAREER STATS:

2005–2006 – Waltham Forest – 32 games (17 goals)
2006–2007 – Thurrock
2007–2008 – Fisher Athletic
2008–2010 – Dagenham & Redbridge – 27 games (3 goals)
2008–2009 → Grays Athletic (loan) – 7 games (2 goals)
2010 → Rushden & Diamonds (loan)
2010–2011 – Cheltenham Town – 41 games (18 goals)
2011–2012 – Crawley Town – 6 games (1 goal)
2011–2012 → Bournemouth (loan) – 14 games (7 goals)
2012–2014 – Bournemouth – 38 games (4 goals)
2012 → Portsmouth (loan) – 6 games (3 goals)
2012–2013 → Blackpool (loan) 9 games (3 goals)
2013 → Birmingham City (loan) – 11 games (3 goals)
2014 – Rotherham United – 13 games (5 goals)
2014–2016 – Birmingham City – 33 games (4 goals)
2015–2016 → Swindon Town (loan) – 6 games (2 goals)
2016 → Bradford City (loan) – 10 games (1 goal)
2016–2018 – Oxford United – 50 games (13 goals)
2018–2019 Grimsby Town – 36 games (11 goals)
2019–2021 – Notts County – 36 games (10 goals)

Fans reacted as a second footballer quits a National League club with immediate effect in January, see what they had to say…

@Walpie27: Real shame, missed his little bit of quality but perfectly understandable.

@ARLukomski: All the best Wes. Thank you for your efforts

@Grahamwelsh16: Maybe we can sign somebody who will make themselves available to play. No room for sentiment, ta ta

@mike196013: That as inevitable after his refusal to train with the squad! Not sure what to think tbh!

@SteB1974: If his next club isn’t in New Zealand then someone’s been telling fibs.

@_KieranGuy: Wanted to play for a club with an xG above 0.1 a game

@adelaidepie: Thank you Wes. Stay safe and look after your family, but please sign for another club and ay for them as that would be unfair and cruel for Notts and their owners as they haven’t stood in your way to protect your family

@adamjamesred: Nothing wrong with wanting to spend more time with your family during these uncertain and troubling times. It’ll be interesting to see who, if anyone, Ardley brings in as a replacement.

@AlCharBaker: Maybe I am being harsh, but something don’t sit right here… firstly injured, then covid fears an now family reason for leaving!

@Coops138: China and New Zealand leagues are an option?…..

@LincolnYoungg: One of your bigger earners off the wage bill and probably wasn’t going to play much now if he came back anyway with how the seasons gone! All the best Wes always put effort it when you played!

@NottsCountyClub: Thanks for your efforts. Totally understand the reasoning behind this, family will always be ahead of football.

@Banno1289: So what if he signs for someone else?

@TimCotton1992: A real shame for Notts to lose him! Will be interesting to see where he ends up? I assume a country that’s less rife with Covid? Would be pretty shocking if he signed for another team and was suddenly happy to train/play when the risks of anything have increased….

@mattbennotts: So he does this before end of January window ( for league teams) having said he doesn’t want to play because of family reasons, if he signs for another team, he looses my respect

@bigdaz_rigley: Big wage off the books he’s not played for ages anyway so no real miss. No good keeping someone that doesn’t want to be here whatever the reason.

@tomslevin2: Striker – wife’s having a baby and he lives in London ….. @BarnetFC

@andylynch89: So let me get this straight, refuses to train because of covid and putting his young family at risk, understood, however, now his contract has been terminated what’s he going to do? Retrain as a brick layer and be in a less safe environment than somewhere with regular testing?

It comes just a few weeks after another player decided to quit their National League club hours after his alleged elbow against Wrexham.

Shamir Mullings departed Weymouth, having led a disappointing spell with the club, ending with a sending off in the 89th minute in their midweek game.

Mullings has been struggling for form and fitness during his short stint, which began on the 10th of October 2020, before leaving on the 16th of December.

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