Corby Town joint-manager Andrew Wilson has revealed Josh Moreman asked to leave the club after the frontman was released from his contract today (Friday).
The striker, who finished as the club’s top scorer last season and had hit two goals so far in the current campaign, left the Steelmen after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
Moreman was sent off in Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Banbury United - a first defeat for the managerial team of Wilson and Tommy Wright.
And now it has been confirmed that he has left Steel Park and returned to ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side Deeping Rangers - the club he left to sign for the Steelmen last summer.
Wilson revealed Moreman refused to turn up for training on Monday and again yesterday (Thursday) before telling them he was unhappy at the club and asking for his contract to be torn up.
Wilson said: “Josh refused to train on Monday and again on Thursday.
“We told him that he had to as he was a contracted player. We let Monday go as a one-off but then it happened again on Thursday.
“And Josh has come to us after that and told us that he is not enjoying his football and playing at this level. “And he asked if his contract could be torn up.
“We don’t want players who don’t want to play for the club. We want everyone singing from the same hymn sheet.
“Josh has great ability, there is no doubt about that. But it wasn’t us who instigated this and I think this had been brewing before we even arrived.
“He wasn’t happy here and he asked to leave, there is no point keeping unhappy players.
“It is a shame but he has called the shots and we could not persuade him any differently.”
Wilson is now hoping to sign a replacement for Moreman in the next week but, in the meantime, he believes the club have enough firepower to cope without the frontman.
“We have the likes of Tom Berwick, David Moyo, Nabil Shariff and Tommy Wright so we have enough strikers in the squad for the time being,” he added.
“But we will be looking at the situation and hopefully, during the next week, we will have someone ready to come in and add some experience to the squad.”
Wilson also confirmed that midfielder Tom McGowan has been passed fit for tomorrow’s (Saturday) Calor League Premier Division clash with Chesham United at Steel Park.