Clancy: Thanks for the memories

Sean Clancy, brother of Abby, professional footballer with Fleetwood Town FC
Sean Clancy, brother of Abby, professional footballer with Fleetwood Town FC
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IT wasn’t a good week for Sean Clancy – released by Fleetwood Town, then denied a place in the Blue Square Bet North play-off final when loan club Halifax Town were edged out by Gainsborough.

But the optimistic winger is not one to let either setback get him down as he looks forward to the future.

And he left Town with the kind words of manager Micky Mellon ringing in his ears.

The 24-year-old’s three-season stay at Highbury ended a week ago, when he was among nine out-of-contract players whose release was announced.

Liverpudlian Clancy was not too surprised and told The Gazette he leaves the club on the best of terms.

Clancy said: “I wasn’t surprised to be leaving because players kind of know these things. I’m just glad I helped Fleetwood Town to get where they are.

“The manager was very nice. He said the club could not have got where it is now without my input.

“He said I was the best player when we were promoted from the Blue Square North and that was very good of him.

It is an amicable split. This is just what happens in football – players move on. It happens to some players ten times in their career.” Clancy scored 18 goals in his first season after joining Town from Burscough, helping them to win promotion to the top tier of non-league football via the play-offs.

An injury-disrupted 2011-12 season, however, brought only 11 league appearances and three goals before he crossed the Pennines.

Scoring twice in eight appearances, he helped Halifax clinch a play-off spot only to lose the semi-final over two legs, the second of which prevented him joining in Fleetwood’s end-of-season parade last weekend.

The former Blackpool trainee continued: “Halifax is a great club and I thank everyone there for giving me the chance to get some games and to play in the play-offs.

“They want me to stay but whether I sign is yet to be seen. I’m just waiting to have a meeting with my agent. He has contacted a few clubs and we will see what my options are.”

Whatever happens, Clancy will never lose his soft spot for Fleetwood.

“I have loved my time at Fleetwood and will always remember it fondly. The club was promoted twice and I played for England C. But now it’s time to move on and I’m looking forward to the future.

“There are no hard feelings at all. I will always be thankful for my time at Fleetwood and I wish them all the success in the world.

“I think the players they have are so talented they could do a Crawley and go straight through League Two. I’ll be looking our for all their results and rooting for them.”

n TOWN will visit Evo-Stik League champions Chester for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, August 7 (7pm), three days after welcoming Tranmere Rovers to Highbury.