Shaw understands Smythe’s reasons for leaving Worksop for Rainworth

Worksop Town v Glasshoughton Welfare, pictured is Connor Smythe
Worksop Town v Glasshoughton Welfare, pictured is Connor Smythe

Connor Smythe has left Worksop Town to join Rainworth Miners Welfare, for perfectly understandable reasons says Mark Shaw.

The Tigers manager said the left-back’s desire to play first team football was admirable, and although no one at Sandy Lane wanted the youngster to depart, he wasn’t in line for a starting place.

“I really like Connor, he’s a great kid,” said Shaw.

“And he’s a good footballer, let’s not forget that.

“He wants to play first team football – but I don’t see his utility as being better than Jack Waddle’s, and I don’t see him as a better left-back than Phil Roe.”

Shaw admitted he would have liked Smythe to stay with the club.

“I wanted him to stay, Chris Adam wanted him to stay, but he made a decision that he wanted to go, and only he can make that decision – but it was for footballing reasons, so good luck to him.”

A number of Tigers supporters expressed disappointment this week that the defender had left, but Shaw reiterated that his hands were tied.

“A lot of people don’t seem to realise that you can only have a squad of 16 and that’s how it is,” he said.

“Connor wants to play football, and fair play to him.”

Smythe came to the club after being released by Scunthorpe United, where he had captained the U18s.

He initially made a move to Boston United, but then joined Tigers and started last season as first choice left-back, before the return of Phil Roe.