ENGLISH import Adam Newbold will leave the Ballarat Red Devils before the end of the month.
The 22-year-old striker will return to England to accept an offer of full-time employment, and will sever ties with the Football Federation Victoria state league two club on May 16.
The former Nottingham Forest player will play two more games for the Haymes Red Devils, including today’s FFV state league two match against Brunswick City at Trekardo Park, before heading back to Nottingham to start his new career.
“Everything is fantastic out here but with a full-time job in England I’d be foolish to turn it down,” Newbold said.
“I’d have loved to see the season out. There is an exciting young squad so it would have been great to see how far we could go, but football is not going to be my career forever and it’s time to look at other things in my life.
“I just want to say I appreciate what (coach) Brian Shelley and (technical director) Paul Smalley have done for me in my time at the club.”
Newbold said he had no plans to play at any high level in England.
Red Devils playing coach Brian Shelley admitted the power forward’s departure would create a hole but, as an overseas import himself, he understands Newbold’s decision.
“It is nothing to do with the footballing point of view which is frustrating for us. We are sad to lose a player of his quality but we understand there are things that are important in life other than football,” Shelley said.
“He has been offered a full-time job back home. He would have had to go back at the end of the season, and the job might not have been there.
“Adam has been playing since he was 15 or 16 when he signed on at Nottingham Forest as an apprentice. He’s come to a point, even though he is young, where there are other things in his life.
“I understand it. I’ve been playing for a long time, and I’m looking at a career in management and coaching, and staying in football that way.
“Adam leaves on May 16, so we have him for two more games.
“He will be part of the squad until the day he goes.”