Darlington goalkeeper Adam Bartlett has explained why he rejected the opportunity to follow Martin Gray to York City.
Quakers’ keeper last week had the chance to join Gray at Bootham Crescent, an opportunity that David Ferguson took and he made his Minstermen debut on Saturday in a 2-1 win against Brackley.
Gray dropped York’s usual goalkeeper, Jon Worsnop, for the contest but was unable to select Bartlett as he had preferred to stay with Quakers.
As a consequence he received a warm reception from the Darlington fans at Blackwell Meadows on Saturday.
Darlington drew 1-1 with Stockport County, Bartlett powerless to prevent the visitors equalising in injury time.
It could not take the shine off Darlington’s day, however, and afterwards the former Hartlepool United goalkeeper explained his situation.
“I spoke to him, but it’s a full-time club,” he said. “I played full-time for the past ten years and I made decision on coaching and playing about seven or eight months ago when I came to Darlington.
“I’m back at Newcastle coaching on a part-time basis, and it’s been great at Darlington from the off, so I wasn’t close to moving by any stretch of the imagination, but there was contact.”
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