Forrester leaves with parting shot

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Attacker Jamie Forrester has said a fond farewell to the Scarborough Athletic fans, but also fired a parting shot after leaving the club.

Forrester spent much of last season with Boro, but left in pre-season to try his luck at National League side North Ferriby.

When things didn’t work out with the Villagers he returned to Boro, but since then he has found his chances limited.

Forrester said: “I would like to firstly thank the fans because they have been amazing home and away since I’ve been at the club.

“ I’d also like to thank the board members, chairman, Chris Bolder and Steve Roberts on the coaching staff as well as the players I have played alongside.

“I would like to wish the club good luck for the season and for the move back to Scarborough.”

Forrester has been left disappointed with how his departure has been handled.

He added: “I am gutted to be leaving because it is a great club that should be higher than it is at the moment.

“Just to put the record straight, I have not signed for AFC Mansfield, they have been in touch along with numerous other clubs, I played for Hall Road Rangers as I signed for them early in pre-season, which the club knew about.

“I was very willing to fight for my place in the team, however I prefer to be criticised personally rather than hearing through interviews in newspapers.”

Boss Steve Kittrick is still yet to hear from Forrester about the sitiuation.

He said: “Nobody told me Jamie had left to play for Hall Road Rangers.

“I’d had a conversation with Hall Road’s manager a few weeks ago and he asked if he could have a chat with him if he wasn’t playing for us.

“He played for us at Goole on the Bank Holiday Monday and after that I had a word with the younger players and told them that they had to stand up and be counted.

“At training a few days later all the other young lads were there apart from Jamie, that picture told a story.

“I have not spoken to Jamie since then, he has tried to contact my assistant Chris Bolder, but they didn’t manage to speak.

“We have left the situation since then because his absence from training and games spoke volumes to us.

“I know Chris is disappointed with what has happened because he has been like a mentor to Jamie.”