Selby Town have said that Reece Thompson deserves a ‘second chance’, having joined the club after being released from prison.
The striker has played for the likes of North Ferriby United, Guiseley and Boston United in the past and has spent time on trial with Selby this pre-season.
The club have today released a statement:
During pre-season we trialled a player by the name of Reece Thompson. At the time many supporters and non supporters expressed their opinion on the trial due to the events and court proceedings in Reece’s past. Following this trial we released a statement stating that Reece would not be joining our team on an ongoing basis.
Since then a great deal of discussion has taken place within the club, and with Reece himself as to his actions, his sentence, and what comes next for him.
As made clear in our original statement, the club does not condone Reece’s actions and we can only imagine the impact upon those involved. For what he has done, Reece has rightly been judged in a court of law and served his sentence.
With that sentence now served and with the ongoing work Reece carries out to understand and learn from his behaviour, we have come to the conclusion that it is not our place to continue to further punish Reece for his actions, he has received his punishment and carried out his sentence, and with that in mind we believe that a second chance could and should be provided both in employment and in recreation.
Further to this, we believe that being part of our club and being surrounded by the strong management team we have in place can further help Reece to overcome his past and to ensure that he learns from his actions and is able to fulfil a role within society.
We understand there will be many that disagree with our stance, likewise there will be those who believe he has served his sentence and should be allowed to now carry on with life. We hope going forward Reece will be judged on his actions from this point with his knowledge that the expectations and standard of behaviour expected of him are high.