WANT-AWAY goalkeeper Jon Worsnop’s Worksop Town career has come to an end.
The 28-year-old shot stopper asked to be released from his contract by the club, citing his concern that he wasn’t in manager Simon Clark’s plans for next season.
Speaking to the Guardian this week he also said he was unhappy with the style of football employed by Tigers, the departure of senior players due to a budge cut and the way he was treated by Clark.
Clark however dubbed Worsnop’s actions ‘disgusting and disrespectful’ and revealed that the keeper had missed EIGHT training sessions.
Worksop Town’s first team boss said: “He’s gone and it’s his choice – he wanted to know about next year and I’ve told him I wasn’t going to talk about next year and so he left.”
“I think it’s disgusting.”
“I get on with him as a man but as a footballer he was contracted to play until 5th May and I think he’s let himself down.”
“He’s missed eight training sessions for various reasons. I had a meeting with him after the Chasetown game with my captain, assistant and the goalkeeping coach and I told him I needed his commitment.”
“It’s not good enough, he’s a senior player. I gave him the Monday off and he didn’t turn up for the session on the Thursday, no phone call.”
“When I rang him he’s said he wants to be released, said he had a sore groin.”
“He’s let the club down. The club has paid him and worked with him and his attitude is very disrespectful to the board, the players and me.”
Former Bradford City man Worsnop admitted he missed the training sessions, for which he was fined, but said he discovered through a third party that he wasn’t in Clark’s future plans.
“There are loads of reasons I’ve left,” he said this week.
“There were good players leaving and I didn’t want them to go, I’ve been playing with a groin injury and I had other managers calling me asking what I was doing next year because they’d heard I wasn’t going to be at Worksop.”
“I heard the manager wanted a bigger keeper. I expected him to speak to me, it’s not very nice hearing that from someone else.”
“It confused me, I’m 6ft 1ins and 14 stone, I think I’m an adequate size.”
“I’m 28, I’ve just got back to what I’d call full fitness and body shape after a bad injury last year, but I don’t think he’s taken that into consideration.”
Worsnop also claimed he was unhappy with the ‘long ball’ he was being instructed to play, and that he felt undermined by Clark’s move for Mario Ziccardi earlier this season.
“He made his feelings known when he brought Mario Ziccardi in,” he said.
“He dropped me and they conceded five. They’ve conceded 11 in the last three games with a different keeper.”
“Why am I not good enough for Worksop? I’m more confused than the fans who are asking me what’s happened.”
“I love the club, the chairman is ambitious, the ground and the pitch are fantastic, they get good crowds at Sandy Lane.”
“I felt we were two or three players short of having a good push.”
“We needed a good goalscorer and another centre-half and we would have been up there in the top five.”
“I’m really disappointed to have left. I would have loved to have been involved in the plans. Maybe it was just a personality clash.”
Now that he’s a free agent, albeit with a groin problem, Worsnop is in the sights of other Northern Premier League clubs.
And he conceded that he’d be tempted to join another side as cover until the season ends.
“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing. If Worksop had released me in time I could have signed for a Blue Square North team but I missed the deadline.”
“Two clubs in the top five in this league have asked me to sign for the rest of the season, in case something’s not right with their keeper.”
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AS the Worksop Guardian went to print Worsnop confirmed that he had joined a new club.
The Guardian understands that play-off chasing FC United of Manchester, who beat Tigers 3-1 on Saturday, were due to snap him up as cover for James Spencer until the end of the season.