Carshalton Athletic fans will hope two former favourites won’t come back to haunt them following their departures from Colston Avenue this season, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Top goalscorer Omar Koroma and experienced defender Danny Dudley, both of whom joined the Robins in 2017 and helped the club achieve promotion that season, were recently released much to the surprise of those on the terraces.
Both have been picked up by potential promotion rivals as Carshalton aim to be in a position to move up from the Isthmian Premier League come May.
And Koroma, who played over 70 times for Carshalton and scored four goals on his debut almost three full years ago, said he wasn’t expecting to leave the club when the news was imparted.
“The club and myself had started the season off well so I didn’t see it coming. It was a bit of a shock,” he said.
“We had a bad result at Hornchurch and, although I was frustrated at being subbed in the second-half, I still thought I had a lot to give to the team. but I was just told the club were looking at other striking options.
“I’ve been in the game a long time so I took it on the chin. Sometimes that’s football and you have to be mentally tough because anything can happen.”
Koroma, who scored five of his 34 goals in Robins red since the start of this season, has hit the ground running at his new home on the south coast.
The forward has bagged four goals in just three appearances for current league leaders Worthing, including both goals in a 2-1 away win at Potters Bar Town.
“I got messages literally the day after Carshalton broke the news, but I know how Worthing like to play, and, after speaking to the manager, I thought the move would suit me,” Koroma said.
“My teammates have helped me settle in, and also because of the way the team is set up, I’ve hit the ground running. Worthing is an ambitious club and hopefully I can continue to help them achieve their aims.”
But Koroma insists he’ll never forgot the warmth and friendship he received during his time at Colston Avenue.
“I’ve built a relationship with those fans over the years and it would’ve been nice to have achieved more for them, like another promotion or cup win,” he said.
“There is a real mutual appreciation, I still hear from them on social media, which is lovely, and I have that appreciation for Peter (Adeniyi, Carshalton manager) too. That’ll never change.”
It was announced that Horsham, the surprise package following promotion to the Isthmian Premier last season, had signed Dudley this week.
The centre-back was also not expecting to be let go, but he wrote on Twitter: “Sad to say my time at Carshalton has come to an end. It’s been a fantastic four years… would like to say a massive thanks to Peter Adeniyi and Keith Boanas for all of their support… as well as all of the staff, fans and players for making the journey special. I sincerely wish the club all the very best moving forward.”
Next up for Carshalton Athletic is a local derby away at Kingstonian on Saturday 7th November (kick-off 3pm).