Mark Goldfinch prepares to move on from Leiston

MARK Goldfinch admits his five-year stay at Leiston is all but over.

Goldfinch, who has played more than 150 games for the Ryman League Division One North leaders, was put up for sale last month.

The centre back is currently on loan at Ridgeons League Premier Division side Hadleigh United until the end of the season.

Goldfinch admitted: “As long as Mark Morsley is manager I don’t think I will play for Leiston again as he has his own plans and I am not in them, although if the opportunity came up in the future I would like to go back.”

It has been a frustrating season for the 30-year-old, who has seen skipper David Head and new signing Joe Jefford plus a torn groin keep him out of the team.

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Goldfinch said: “When you go from playing regularly for four seasons, knowing that you are always going to be involved, to being rotated and not knowing if you are going to play, I have found it a struggle at times.

“But I have always remained professional, knowing that the team are doing well and I am not going to get many opportunities and that I have to wait for my chance.”

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After Leiston made him available for transfer, Goldfinch opted to join Hadleigh on loan.

“I took the chance to come to Hadleigh and get some football in, and hopefully play around ten games before the end of the season.

“I am out of contract at the end of the season for the first time in ten years and have had a few clubs interested in signing me for next season.

“I will have to wait and see whether I stay in Ryman League Division One North or play in the Ridgeons League.

“I have spoken to Stuart Crawford and he is keen to get me signed up for next season. I know a lot of the boys and I have played under (assistant manager) Alan Dilloway before, and I know it is a good club and it is an option come the end of the season.”

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