With seventeen goals in the back of the net for Nick Wright in the last campaign it was obvious that other clubs ears would prick up and once the offer of more money is on the table then it doesn't take long for the player to start listening. That call came today and Nick listened.
He has already stated that with a first born on the way he needed to earn as much as he could and that was pointedly an observation that he was never going to get that here, leading scorer or not. This annual state of affairs is becoming to get a bit worrying and the feeling is that we will never be able to compete against teams that have coinage in both pockets where we have just the one, holed, pocket.
Nick joined us from Tamworth two seasons ago and I had the privilege of being one of the first to meet him at a sponsors evening. The general opinion was that he was quiet but did enjoy a smile to himself while listening to the conversations going on around him.
He started slowly with us in the first season and was used mainly as an impact sub. This season he seemed to get into the swing of things and so began to score more regularly and also begin to start more games too.
Ironically his most famous goalscoring exploit came from the bench against Newport County when, with the Harriers trailing 2-0 and just four minutes left of the ninety minutes, Nick turned into an animal and smashed three quickfire goals into the County net to leave the visitors shell shocked and the Harriers fans in ecstatic raptures.
Nick had put himself into Harriers folklore.
In his time at Aggborough Nick found the net a total of twenty five times in ninety games and that isn't a bad tally.
We should all wish Nick well at Mansfield and I think he'll need it. He had his detractors here and just as many liked his obvious effort to get on the score sheet but he'll find the fans a lot more fickle at Mansfield than he found us lot here.
Photo © KHFC