Former club captain and top scorer Josh Wright officially left Gillingham Football Club this week after mutually agreeing to cancel his contract with the club.
And the popular midfielder, who hit 14 goals from midfield to help save Gillingham from relegation – and keep head coach Adrian Pennock in a job – took to Twitter to post a farewell message to the Gills fans who had supported him throughout his time at the club.
“Gills fans I have dreaded this day and never ever wanted it to happen but I suppose it has to happen one day in football.
I would prefer to focus on the highs and great memories rather than dwell on how it finished.
Where do I start? From 2009 with the promotion to the hat-trick of penalties at the Rainham End, being named captain for a club so close to my heart to Player of the Year, the cup run last season to hearing my name sung by you great fans, I could go on and on. But one thing for sure is you the fans, the heart of the club, will be my friends for life.
I would happily have spent the rest of my career at a place I call home but it wasn’t to be in the end.
I can’t thank you all enough from the bottom of my heart and I hope you appreciated I gave 110% every time I stepped on that pitch for the club, which for me is a given.
I will miss so much about the place and want to thank everyone as one, from the chairman, staff from top to bottom, the players and most importantly the greatest fans around.
Lastly I would like to remember the 14 goals last season and for me that’s where I finished.
Keep supporting this great club, which I know you will, and I would love to see great times ahead.
I’ll leave you with this… I promise you I will be back in some capacity one day, if welcomed, and will remain a fan for life.
Despite letting Wright go, Gillingham failed to secure a direct replacement during the transfer window, leaving the club significantly weaker.
The club has now seen each of its top three goalscorers from last season depart, with Gillingham failing to secure the continued services of Cody McDonald, as well as bidding farewell to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Wright. In addition, influential midfielder Bradley Dack was sold to Blackburn Rovers.