RAINWORTH Miners’ Welfare this week bade a fond farewell to two of their senior and most popular players.
With the close season only a week old plans are already being put in place for the Evo-Stik NPl Division One South club’s 2013-14 campaign, both on and off the field.
But two players who are definitely leaving the club are club captain Mark Camm and midfielder Danny Bacon.
After meeting with the existing squad last night, manager Kevin Gee confirmed that both players came to say their farewells to himself and assistant manager Ian Whyte at the ground, at the end of three years and 18 months respectively with the Wrens.
Gee explained: “Both will be 33 at the start of next season and, as with all senior professionals nearing the end of their careers, they have to start weighing up their options and where they want to be once their playing career ends.
“Both of them are top professionals in everything they do, and some of the younger players have certainly learned a lot from them both since my time here.
“But an opportunity had arisen for both of them to go into a coaching and advisory role within the management structure of a local club further down the pyramid system, which would also give them a chance to continue playing for a further season.
“It is too good an opportunity for them to turn down, in fact Danny was already wearing his coaching hat last night and asking us to consider their new club for a pre-season game.
“I would like to go on record to thank them both for playing a huge role in the continued development of our club and wish them both every success in their new challenge, which I’m sure they’ll embrace and hopefully enjoy a very successful first season with their new club.
“They will be working with a good chairman who I know personally, and will be two fantastic signings for their new club, even just from a playing perspective, so I wish them both well.”
For reasons of confidentiality and fairness to their new club, that club cannot be identified publicly until they themselves make any announcement.