Bostik League South Division side Guernsey FC will be without Ross Allen for the remainder of the season and likely the foreseeable future after that, with the forward revealing he was leaving the island within the next week to live and work in New Zealand.
Allen visited New Zealand as part of his spell away travelling during the 2016-17 season and, in his own words, ‘fell in love’ with the country and has harboured a desire to go back since he returned to the island in March.
“This is the last year I could apply for my working holiday visa, so the opportunity is too good to pass up,” Allen told GuernseyFC.com. “I feel that travelling woke me up to a few things and it was time to make a decision.
“The plan is to find some work over there and get set up with a team, whilst exploring as much as I can. I love Guernsey FC but I have to do what’s right for me.
“I’m eager for new adventures and experiences, and I have the freedom to pursue those challenges myself.”
The 30-year-old, who leaves GFC with a phenomenal record of more than a goal a game – 239 strikes in 226 appearances to be precise – believes the club is in a strong position to progress without him.
“There have been some talented young players knocking at the door for a while so now is the time for them to step up and develop in my place,” he said. “The squad is in a better position than when I went travelling last season.”
There are no guarantees we will see Ross in a Guernsey FC shirt again, but he hasn’t ruled it out completely.
“When I went travelling I knew it would just be for a few months, but this time I am moving to live and work so I can’t say when, or even if, I’ll be back as I just don’t know how things will pan out at this stage.
“But I’d like to think my journey with GFC is not yet done.”
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