Grimsby Town defender Andrew Fox says he would have wanted to stay at Blundell Park for “many more years” if he wasn’t moving to the USA.
The 26-year-old, who was Michael Jolley’s first signing in March 2018, leaves the club to live the next chapter of his life with his wife in America after Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with MK Dons.
And the left-back admitted he would have stayed with the Mariners for as long as possible if he wasn’t moving to America for family reasons.
Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I’ve had a great time here – I’ve loved playing here.
“The back-end of last season was fun in the end – it was a nail-biter for a little while before we were safe, but helping keep us safe will go down as a great memory – it’s a wonderful experience to have.
“And this year as well – I’ve been in and out, due to injury, which is a bit of a shame because I’d have liked to have featured a few more times than I have, but it’s been good.
“Blundell Park is a great place to play football, and it’s certainly benefited me in my career and my life, and I just hope that I’ve repaid the fans’ support.
“It was difficult of course. I’d have loved to have stayed here and, under lots of different circumstances, I’d have hoped that I’d have been able to play here for many more years, or as long as they’d have had me.
“It’s difficult – I’ve had a great time here, and I’m going to look back and remember this as a great part of my career, and a great part of my life.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work with some wonderful people, but family has got to come first and my wife and I have been apart for at least six months now so it’s important that I do put that first.
“But it’s something that we didn’t fall into lightly – my wife and I had long discussions about it, and we really had to knuckle down and think what was best for us, and what we wanted in this next stage.”
And Fox thanked the black and white army for their support during his 10 months with the club, and said he will be a Town fan for the rest of his life.
He said: “Thank you ever so much. I’ve loved playing in front of them, and for them. I’ll be keeping my eye on Grimsby Town now for the rest of my life, and I’ll be a fan with them!
“I’m very grateful to have played here and to have played in front of them, and I hope that I’ve repaid them for their support.”
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