ELLIOTT DURRELL has been left ‘disappointed’ at the manner in which he was released by Chester.
The 27-year-old winger, who featured in 50 matches last season, scoring nine times, was the most surprising omission from the Blues’ retained list earlier this week and is now seeking a fourth new club in four years.
Durrell insists he was verbally offered a new deal by Chester in January but accepts the ‘goalposts moved’ during the Blues’ dismal run of form which resulted in them claiming just 13 points from a possible 63 from late December onwards.
“It’s disappointing because I’d been offered a new deal in January and at that stage you think you’ve done enough to earn a new contract,” he said.
“It’s never set in stone in football and obviously the goalposts have moved somewhere along the line. We were told the contracts would be in the post in due course but they never arrived.
“I’ve never made any secret about how much I enjoyed my time at Chester. The gaffer made it clear to me from an early stage that I was important to his plans, but it didn’t turn out that way. But these things happen in football.”
The former Wrexham midfielder really hit the ground running at Chester, netting a stunning 25-yard volley against Dagenham before scoring the Blues’ goal of the season with a lobbed effort from 70 yards at Boreham Wood.
“I’ll take away some great memories from my time at Chester and no one can take that away from me,” he continued.
“I scored nine times and was highest on assists, and I won Player of the Month in my first month which I was proud of.
“The goal at Boreham Wood was obviously special, but I really enjoyed the winner at Bromley, we desperately need the points and it was nice to get a late winner off the bench.
“The fans were always fantastic, on the road we had some great followings too. I’ve never held any grudges, the gaffer has always been very fair with me, and I hope the club can go from strength to strength.”
Durrell – often cited as a key dangerman by opposition managers – hasn’t been short of interest since Monday’s announcement but will bide his time before making the right decision as to which direction his career now goes.
“It’s early doors but the phone hasn’t stopped ringing all week,” he added.
“My agent has informed me there’s Football League interest but mainly it’s National League clubs.
“It’s important I pick the right club next, it’s a key time for me and my family and I want to get it right. It has to be the right move but I am sure these things have a way of working out well in the end.
“I will keep myself in good condition and I will be ready for pre-season wherever I end up.”
Nyal Bell has joined Chester on-loan from Gateshead in a six-month deal.
The 20-year-old had a month-long loan spell with the Blues during the 2015/16 season, making three appearances and used to play for Rochdale.
Chester have announced seven pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2017/18 season: Runcorn Town (A) Mon, July 10 (7.30pm); Flint Town Utd (A) Tues, July 11 (7.30pm); Hyde Utd (A) Thurs, July 13 (7.45pm); Bala Town (A) Mon, July 17 (7.45pm); Altrincham (A) Tues, July 18 (7.45pm); Witton Albion (A) Thurs, July 20 (7.30pm); Walsall (H) Sat, July 22 (3pm).