Mark Surgenor says he wasn’t surprised by his exit from Ballymena United.
The versatile homegrown player was one of five United players whose contract wasn’t renewed, ending his six-year stint at the Showgrounds.
“Having read Spike’s comments over the last few weeks of the season, I had a fair idea - it wasn’t too hard to read between the lines and realise I was one of the players he was talking about,” Mark told Times Sport.
“Last year was a bad one for me in a football sense. I lost confidence and had only played about 10 or 15 games up until getting a wee run in the team near the end of the season and I just got the impression that I was only used as a last resort.
“But when I look back on it, I’ve done what a lot of football people in Ballymena would love to do - I played close to 200 games for my hometown club and I’ll always be proud of that.
“I had a lot of great times, the obvious one being winning the County Antrim Shield.
“I will really miss not being around a great bunch of guys and also the supporters, the vast majority of whom were brilliant with me.”
On his future plans, Mark said: “If you had asked me three months ago, I would have said I was heading for the golf course but, funnily enough, I’ve actually got a bit of hunger back for football since being released - maybe I feel that I’ve got a point to prove.
“I’m just going to take a bit of time to get my head around the fact that I won’t be playing for Ballymena again and then look at my options and work out what is best for me,” added Mark.