As Euro 2020 excites us all, only the National League have sorted out who’s being promoted. Our ExGulls had differing seasons, with 3 getting relegated to League 1, with one player going the other way! We also look at players who’ll be leaving their clubs for pastures new with some already finding a new home.
Kieffer Moore – Wales
Firstly, we start off with striker Kieffer Moore who’s managed to score 22 goals for club and country this season. His excellent form has earned him a call up to Robert Page’s Wales squad for the upcoming Euro’s and will be giving the caretaker manager a real headache on who to start in their opening game against Switzerland in Baku, Azerbaijan. Gareth Bale and Tyler Roberts are the only recognised strikers, alongside Moore to be called up.
Krystian Pearce – Barbados
Another international ExGull is defender Krystian Pearce, who has been called up to the Barbados National Team. Unfortunately the Bajan Tridents can no longer qualify from their group in their First Round qualifying group for the World Cup after a 1-1 draw against Dominican Republic, when Pearce played the full 90 minutes.
Barbados can still qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals but will have to play a qualifying game against Bermuda, which if they win they’ll have to beat the winner of Haiti v Saint Vincent and the Grenadines next month to make the finals.
Closer to home, Boreham Wood have confirmed that the 31 year-old has been placed on the transfer list “due to his location” according to the Boreham Wood website.
Louis Britton – Bristol City
It was a debut to remember for young striker Louis Britton, coming off the bench and scored a late consolation goal in a 3-1 defeat against eventual play-off champions, Brentford F.C. Britton didn’t have much luck in the National League this season, scoring once in 9 games for Torquay United and Stockport County, but has scored 15 goals for Bristol City U23’s this season.
Adebayo Akinfenwa – Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers first ever season in the second flight of English football was a hard worked one with Gareth Ainsworth’s side losing their first 7 games of the season but only managed to miss out on safety by a point. This was, remarkably, Akinfenwa’s first season in the Championship with his only goal being a pivotal one, scoring a late penalty to beat Bristol City 2-1.
Angus MacDonald – Rotherham United
Back-to-back relegations in the Championship now for Angus MacDonald as a last day draw against Derby County condemned Rotherham United to relegation back down to League 1. MacDonald was relegated last season with Hull City and will hope for a more successful 21-22 season.
Darren Moore – Sheffield Wednesday
Despite arriving at Hillsbrough in March, Darren Moore couldn’t help Sheffield Wednesday avoid the drop. The Owls started the season on -6 points but ended up being 3 points short from safety. Unfortunately Moore tested positive for COVID-19 and missed a few games whilst isolating before developing pneumonia as a result of COVID-19. Thankfully he returned to the dugout for the final game of the season with Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri confirming that the former defender will be the manager next season in League 1.
Jayden Stockley – Charlton Athletic
Stockley ended his loan spell at Charlton Athletic at the end of this season with his best goal tally since leaving Exeter City. Despite only joining in January, he scored 8 goals in 22 games to the Addicks as they only missed out on the play-offs by goal difference.
Ben Pringle – Morecambe F.C.
A quite remarkable story happened in the League 2 play-offs. Derek Adams, who has now left Morecambe F.C. for Bradford City, guided the Shrimps to promotion beating Newport County 1-0 at Wembley. Ben Pringle was named on the bench that day but didn’t add to his 11 appearances this season.
Josh Labadie – Newport County
When there is a winner, there is always a loser and unfortunately for Joss Labadie and Newport County it was them who were defeated at Wembley. Labadie picked up a knock on the final day of the regular season but managed to play apart in their semi-final defeat against Forest Green Rovers, scoring Newport’s second goal. Mike Flynn’s side managed to make the final, despite defeat in the second leg after winning the first leg 2-0 at Rodney Parade.
Tyrone Marsh – Boreham Wood
Marsh ended his season strongly with goals against Weymouth F.C. and Maidenhead United. Boreham Wood beat Weymouth F.C. 3-1 with Marsh opening the scoring but in their game against Maidenhead United, Marsh’s goal temporarily narrowed Maidenhead’s lead as they lost 4-1 with the visitor’s final goal being scored by substitute goalkeeper Rhys Lovett who was playing as a striker!
Paul McCallum – Dagenham & Redbridge
Paul McCallum ended the season with a flourish scoring 10 goals in his final 10 games of the season for Dagenham & Redbridge, making him one of the National League most prolific goal-scorers in the last few seasons. Dagenham & Redbridge at one point seemed like real outsiders for the play-offs but ended up denying Wrexham A.F.C.’s dreams of the play-off’s with a final day draw at Victoria Road, with McCallum opening the scoring for the hosts.
Mark Ellis – Notts County
After missing most of last season and this season due to injury, Mark Ellis has enjoyed the run of games he’s had at Notts County scoring 6 goals in 20 games. He managed to open the scoring before half time in a 4-1 win over Barnet F.C. His last minute winner against Chesterfield F.C. in their play-off eliminator has created a mouth-watering tie at Plainmoor on Saturday.
Joe Quigley – Yeovil Town
Quigley has enjoyed his best season in front of goal with 12 strikes for Yeovil Town, his last being in a 4-3 defeat away against Altrincham F.C. Quigley signed a new deal last month and will be with The Glovers again next season.
Josh McQuoid – Weymouth F.C.
Another striker who’s penned a new deal is Josh McQuoid. The current Terras skipper will be leading the line once again at the Bob Lucas Stadium for Brian Stock’s side. He managed to grab his final goal of the season in a 2-1 defeat away against Solihull Moors
Ben Gerring – Woking F.C.
Gerring confirmed on Twitter that this season was his last for Woking F.C. and marked his final appearance with a goal against Wealdstone F.C. The Cards lost the game 4-2, with Gerring scoring the 99th goal Wealdstone had conceded during the 2020/21 campaign.
Luke Young – Wrexham A.F.C.
As mentioned earlier, Wrexham A.F.C. missed out on the play-offs after a final day draw against Dagenham & Redbridge. Young was the only outfield player to play all 42 games this season in the whole of the National League, scoring 10 goals in the process. Wrexham A.F.C. has offered the midfielder a new contract.
Mickey Parcell – A.F.C. Hornchurch
Former Torquay United youngster Mickey Parcell had a day to remember at Wembley, with the underdogs A.F.C. Hornchurch beating Josh Gowling’s Hereford F.C. 3-1. Also involved that day was Yan Klukowski, James McQuilkin and captain Jared Hodgkiss, who’ve all had spells at Plainmoor.
Rhys Healey – Toulouse F.C.
In France, Rhys Healey’s scored his first ever hat trick for Toulouse in a 3-3 draw against Dunkerque. Toulouse finished 3rd in Ligue 2 meaning they’d compete in the play-offs, with Healey scoring the third in a 3-0 win against Grenoble but unfortunately over two legs, they lost on goal difference against Nantes F.C.
On a personal note, Healey recorded his best season in front of goal, scoring 15 goals in 35 games.
Ronan Murray – Drogheda United
Ronan Murray scored his first goal of the season for Drogheda United as they beat struggling Longford Town 4-1. Drogheda currently sit 4th in the League of Ireland Premier Division, the final Europa League qualification spot.
Ruairi Keating – Galway United
Despite Galway United sitting mid table in the League of Ireland First Division, Ruairi Keating is currently the joint third top scorer in the league. He added to his tally as recent as Galway’s 2-1 defeat against Bray Wanderers.
We now move onto players who’ve either been released or found a new club ahead of the 2021/22 season…
Eunan O’Kane – Leeds United
Injury setbacks have really hampered Eunan O’Kane for the past few years has restricted the Irishmen to 4 appearances in the last 3 seasons with him making a brief appearance in Luton Town preseason friendly against Berkhamsted F.C. Leeds United confirmed that we will be released at the end of his contract.
Frank Vincent – A.F.C. Bournemouth
After 4 years with A.F.C. Bournemouth, The Cherries announced that midfielder Frank Vincent would not be offered a new deal. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan in League 2 at Scunthorpe United and then Walsall F.C., making 16 appearances in all competitions. Would you have him back at Plainmoor?
Billy Bodin – Preston North End
The Welshman will be leaving Preston North End after joining the club 3 years ago from Bristol Rovers. Capped once by Wales, Bodin scored 4 goals in 44 games at Deepdale spending the most of this season warming the bench in the Championship.
Marcin Brzozowski – Queens Park Rangers
Youth goalkeeper, Marcin Brzozowski will also be finding a new club. The Polish shot stopper only made 1 appearance for Torquay United when both Covolan and MacDonald weren’t available in the F.A. Trophy this season.
Max Sheaf – Hull City
Another loan player who had a brief spell this season was Max Sheaf. The midfielder will be leaving Hull City after 3 years in Humberside.
Daniel Leadbitter – Newport County
The right back’s move to Wales hasn’t worked out, as everyone would’ve hoped for making on 6 appearances in all competitions in two seasons. He spent this season on loan at both Yeovil Town and Gloucester City for much needed game time.
Anthony O’Connor – Bradford City
After making 137 appearances for The Bantams, Anthony O’Connor said goodbye to Valley Parade after 3 seasons. During that time he was named club captained under Michael Collins in 2018. Bradford City will look to rebuild under new manager Derek Adams next season as they push for the play-offs.
Alex Fisher – Exeter City
Fisher joined Exeter City after Yeovil Town’s relegation to the National League in 2019. The striker would only score 5 goals in 44 appearances for Exeter but his final goal would win the Grecians goal of the season award with his curling effort against Southend United.
Shawn McCoulsky – Forest Green Rovers
Another ExGull who’s had an injury-ridded time is winger Shawn McCoulsky. He only managed 4 appearances this season before being side-lined for the remainder of the season in October. The 24 year old has been released by Forest Green Rovers.
Matt Green – Grimsby Town
After relegation to the National League, Grimsby Town confirmed that Matt Green wouldn’t stay for next season. Despite his impressive goal-scoring record in the National League, Green will be looking elsewhere for first team football.
Adebayo Azeez and Paul Rooney – Dover Athletic
Dover Athletic’s season has been well documented and it was no surprise to see 15 of the 20 players in the squad being released at the end of their contracts. Two of those players were ExGulls, firstly striker Adebayo Azeez who departed after his second spell at the club. He scored 3 goals in 15 games in his single season back at the club. The other ExGull who was released, is Irishmen Paul Rooney who’s left the Crabble after 2 seasons. He’s already found his new club for next season, joining National League South side Havant & Waterlooville.
Ryan Jarvis – King’s Lynn Town
With King’s Lynn Town looking to go full time next season, veteran midfielder Ryan Jarvis has decided to leave the club as he couldn’t commit to full-time training. Outside of his playing career, Jarvis currently has a coaching role at the Norwich City Foundation, something he’s keen to continue going forward. In his 4 years at the club he’s been promoted twice, including last season in the National League South Play-offs.
Jamie Ward – Solihull Moors
After 10 months out of the game, Jamie Ward joined Solihull Moors for the 2020/21 season scoring 3 goals in 18 games. The Moors have announced that they won’t be renewing the 35-capped Northern Irishmen deal.
Michee Efete – Wealdstone F.C.
The Congolese defender has parted ways with Wealdstone F.C. after his contract game to an end. He played 64 times for the Stones, winning the National League South title last season.
Myles Anderson and Josh Wakefield – Weymouth F.C.
Myles Anderson’s time at Weymouth F.C. was brief with the defender only making 2 appearances for the club. He spent 2 months on loan at Hampton & Richmond Borough where he scored an own-goal in a 3-0 defeat against Hemel Hempstead Town.
Meanwhile, midfielder Josh Wakefield also left the Bob Lucas Stadium after 4 years at the club. Making over 120 appearances and winning two promotions before joining Steve Claridge who currently manages Salisbury F.C. Another ExGull who’s at Salisbury is Darren Mullings, he currently fulfils a player-coach role at The Raymond McEnhill Stadium
Shamir Fenelon – Billericay Town
Another player who departs after a single season is Shamir Fenelon. Scoring once for Billericay Town, the former Republic of Ireland youth international will leave the Essex club as they finished 15th before the National League South season was rendered Null & Void.
Chris Zebroski – Chippenham Town
Joining the club after departing Eastleigh F.C. in 2019, Chris Zebroski’s two-year spell in Wiltshire has come to an end. He scored 3 goals in 28 games.
Elliott Romain – Dartford F.C. to Ebbsfleet United
Well loved during his loan spell at Plainmoor, Romain has moved to his latest club this week, joining Ebbsfleet United after a brief spell at Dartford F.C. He started last season at Eastbourne Borough where he’s had the best form of his career before moving to Dartford.
Kadell Daniel – Hampton & Richmond Borough
Guyana international Kadell Daniel joins up with international teammate and ExGull Sam Cox at Hampton and Richmond Borough. The midfielder spent a few years outside of the National League system playing for Margate F.C. and Kingstonian F.C. He’s been capped 13 times for the Golden Jaguars.
Samir Nabi – Hereford F.C.
Hereford F.C. has confirmed that the twice-capped Pakistan international will leave the club after the end of the season. He joined the club in October 2020 on a non-contract basis.
Joe Oastler – Oxford City
Joining Paul Rooney at Westleigh Park is defender Joe Oastler. After 4 years at Oxford City, spending 3 years as club captain, he’s decided to move on for a new challenge and will hope to push Havant & Waterlooville back into the National League next season
Jared Lewington – Tiverton Town to Taunton Town
Last month Tiverton Town confirmed that striker Jared Lewington wouldn’t be with them next season as he was offered a better deal elsewhere. It was later confirmed that he’s joined Taunton Town who also play in the Southern League South Division. Is there any club beginning in T he hasn’t played for in the West Country?
Jason Banton – Kingstonian F.C.
We also mentioned in our last article that Jason Banton had left Cray Wanderers after the management team left the club. It was confirmed that the playmaker will be joining the South London side ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Manny Duku – Raith Rovers
Duku got his career at Raith Rovers off to a blistering start scoring 10 goals in the first half of the season but no goals from the end of January to the end of the season for Raith wasn’t enough to earn the Dutchman a new deal.
Sean McGinty – Greenock Morton to Ayr United
The former Torquay captain has swapped Greenock Morton for Ayr United to become The Honest Men’s first signing for the new season. McGinty didn’t play in Greenock Morton’s relegation play-offs as they avoided relegation to Scottish League One. Andre Wright won’t join him though, despite only signing in January for Irish side Bohemians F.C., he didn’t earn himself a new deal at the club.