ADAM Mann will return to Gloucester City a much better player for his short but memorable spell with Shortwood United, according to Wood’s joint boss Alex Sykes.
The talented forward sealed his return to his home town club on Tuesday night, but not before signing off with a typical livewire performance in the 0-0 draw with Yate Town.
One of the heroes of Wood’s run to the first round of the FA Cup, Mann (inset) has decided to chance his arm once more in Conference North.
And he does so with the blessing of everyone at Meadowbank after scoring the most significant goal in the club’s history, the winner in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round win at Aldershot Town.
“I was joking with Manny when he told me that he was moving on, that Sean Lawson’s goal to earn us the replay was much more important than his winner in the replay,” Sykes joked.
“But in all seriousness he played a massive role in those games and his winner at Aldershot will be remembered for a very, very long time by everyone involved with the club.
“He’s been brilliant for us since he came in after his travels around America in the summer and I think Shortwood have played a part in him getting his love of the game back.
“He’s made a decision to go to a club in a higher league and one that he has a strong tie to already so we can’t and won’t deny him that chance.
“He will go to Gloucester with our blessing and I am certain that Gloucester will be getting a better player than the one that left at the end of last season.”
While Mann has departed, fellow front man Duncan Culley is set to remain at Meadowbank until the end of the season at least.
The 24-goal hotshot has just returned to the country after spending two weeks on trial in the United States and while across the pond is still a possibility he will remain available for Wood for now.
Culley is likely to return to the starting lineup for Saturday’s trip to Bridgwater (3pm) while Sykes hopes to complete a move for Bideford striker Saul Halpin.
Former Torquay United trainee Halpin is currently studying at Hartpury College and Wood have made a seven-day approach to sign him from the Devon club.