Grimsby Town Football Club can confirm that defender, Andrew Fox will leave the club at the end of January.
Fox joined The Mariners in March 2018 as a free agent and was the first signing under manager, Michael Jolley. After helping to secure the club's future in the Football League, Fox signed a contract extension in the summer of 2018 until the end of January 2019.
With his wife based at home in the United States of America, it had always been Fox's ambition and wish to make the move to America with his wife and continue his career there once the opportunity arose.
"There have been rumours about me leaving the club for a few weeks now. I can confirm now that I will be heading over to the States, as my wife is American and we have been apart for a little while, we have had to do the long distance stuff and we want to settle down in our new life in the States", said Fox.
Speaking exclusively to gtfc.co.uk, we caught up with manager, Michael Jolley to discuss the departure of Andrew.
"It's a sad day for Grimsby Town and also for me personally, as we say goodbye and good luck to Andrew Fox" said Jolley. "Andrew's departure to live and play football in the USA is something that we first discussed during our time together in Sweden in 2017. We have maintained a long standing gentleman's agreement that once his visa was resolved, we would not stand in the way of his wish to start a new life with his wife in America."
"We reflected that agreement in both contracts that we offered Andrew in March and June of 2018."
"Andrew is an outstanding person who has served me admirably at two football clubs. He is a popular and talented member of our squad who will be missed by everyone. We wish him nothing but success in his new life in America, and thank him for everything he has done for Grimsby Town".
We also caught up with Andrew to discuss his short but memorable stay at The Mariners.
"I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to play for Grimsby Town, the fans have been brilliant, it has been a great chapter in my life that I will always look back on fondly. I would like to thank the manager for bringing me here and all the staff for all the help that they have given me, the players have all been fantastic with me and it will be tough to leave as I have a very good relationship with all of the players and staff here."
"It was a tough time when I came in. I was pleased to have gone through what we did go through at the end of last season because it was difficult at the time but we came through it successfully and hopefully it is onwards and upwards now for the club from here on out. I will definitely miss it and like I said, I will look back fondly on my experience but it is just something I have to do for personal and family reasons and I hope people can understand that".
"My wife and I had spoken about our future plans and we see our life settling down in America, so it's important for us that we do commit to that decision but I have thoroughly loved my time here. Once again, I am hugely thankful for the manager bringing me in and I have loved working with everyone here and will miss it really."
"The fans, what can I say. They have been brilliant, by far the best I have ever played in front of and I just hope I have paid them back for the support they have shown in me and given to me and the team whilst I have been here, I have thoroughly tried my best whilst I have been here and I would like to thank them for everything!"
Fox will be hoping to play in our next home game vs. Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday 26th January, which will be his final game in the black and white of Grimsby Town.
We would like to wish Andrew all the best for the future and wish him success in his new life in America.