Martin hails departing Romford captain Jack
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 June 2015
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Boro boss discusses Jack Barry’s move and reveals one other player is thinking about his future with the club
Romford manager Paul Martin has lavished praise on departing captain Jack Barry after it was confirmed this week he would be joining Ryman North rivals Thamesmead Town.
The 23-year-old has ended his stay with Boro to move across the River Thames and sign up for Terry Spillane’s side.
Although disappointed to see his young skipper leave, Martin couldn’t help but praise the player who he made captain as a 20-year-old.
Barry leaves Ship Lane having made 228 appearances and scored 33 goals in all competitions for Romford.
Martin said: “It is disappointing to lose Jack but I knew it would be his last season with us. That boy has been 100 percent for me, he has been committed, he has given everything and I can’t praise him enough.
“He had two offers and money isn’t a big thing for him, but the money he is getting is enough to pay a mortgage. You need to get on the ladder some time and it is an opportunity for him.
“We had to let him go, I will never stand in the way of a player who is being offered money and he goes with my blessing.”
Boro’s boss felt honoured to receive a phone call from Barry asking for his advice about a move, rather than simply finding out he was leaving.
Martin felt that showed the amount of respect the 23-year-old has for the club and himself.
He added: “I can’t praise Jack any more that I have. He phoned me up and said who should I choose.
“Jack didn’t ring me up to tell me he had left, he called me for advice and that shows the respect he has for me. Some supporters will ask why they leaving but come on.
“He has been here five years, he started as an 18-year-old and leaves as a 23-year-old with 200-odd caps. Everyone wants to win trophies and unfortunately you are not going to do that at Romford until we have our own ground.”
Romford are also waiting to discover if another one of their long serving players, Abs Seymour, will be remaining with the club for next season. He has made 173 appearances in two spells for Boro.
“We need to wait on Abs to make his mind up now. He has a few offers and is going to go on holiday and make a decision when he comes back,” said Martin.
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