Ian hoping to find Joy in USA
The Harriers pint size Yankee defender Ian Joy has quit trying to launch his career in this country and has now decided to try his luck back in his homeland.
Ian joined the club in July 2001 after previously having trials at Tranmere Rovers, Stirling Albion and Montrose but without ever really making a name for himself. He has also had trials for the USA international side.
Ian has never been able to break into the Harriers side either, always having to play second fiddle to Scott Stamps.
With Scott being out recently with a long term injury Ian thought he would get his chance but then the manager, Ian Britton, changed the team formation and Joy was excluded again.
He has now come to the conclusion that if he wants first team football and a chance to resurrect his flagging international career then he must return home.
In conversation with the official website Ian had this to say:
"It's been disappointing but things haven't really worked out for me this season.
I haven't been involved as much as I would have liked and unfortunately the Gaffer can't give me first team football at the moment.
Last season Jan Molby told me to be patient, I was and I ended up playing 20 odd games. This season the new manager has also told me the same thing as I always knew Stampsy would be first choice, unfortunately when he wasn't available I still couldn't get in the team as the formation changed to a back three which, because of my lack of height, doesn't really suit me.
I spoke to the Gaffer a while ago about my future and he told me it was my decision whatever I wanted to do. He would be happy for me to stay and fight for my place as the opportunity would always be there.
However I have been given the opportunity to go over to the States to try and re-start my career. In the end it was too good an offer to turn my back on."
Ian will be travelling to Exeter on New Years Day with the rest of the squad where he will hopefully make an appearance sometime during the game and be able to say his farewells to the fans then.