05:00PM, Friday 04 May 2018
Sean Marks signed off as a Magpies player in fitting fashion on Saturday, looping home a typically impressive second half header in the 5-2 win over Bromley.
The striker, who’s played with manager Alan Devonshire for several teams over a seven year period, has announced he’s leaving the club to play slightly closer to his home in Essex.
With a young family, and work commitments, it was becoming increasingly difficult for the 33 year old to make the commute over to York Road two or three times a week, so Marks, who was always open and honest about his future with Devonshire, felt it was time to look elsewhere for his weekly football fix.
After the game on Saturday, Devonshire praised the striker for his loyalty, and Marks himself said he felt he’d achieved his objectives at Maidenhead after helping the club to the league title – something he told supporters would happen only a few weeks after joining – and stabilising the club in the National League.
“The club have been brilliant to me, but I feel it was about time,” he said. “I’ve got a few more work commitments. I live in Essex so it’s a trek to get here. It’s been brilliant here, all the fans have been great, Dev’s been great, it’s just a shame it’s not an hour and a half closer to my home.
“I’ve got a couple of young kids. They want to see their dad a little bit more, but I’m going to miss everyone here.
“I feel like I’ve done what my aim is here. My aim was to get us promoted and then to stabilise us in the league. I can go out, head held high, knowing that’s what’s been done.
“I feel like it’s just been a nice thing to do. I feel lucky to have had that. All the boys have been great, the gaffer, the chairman, yourselves, it’s been great. It’s just that I need to be a little bit closer to home, but this club are on the right track.
Marks added: “The foundations are there. I’ve helped them get to this level, and now they can progress even further without me. I’ll never forget my time here, I’m an honorary Magpie. Tarps, our journey last year, staying in the league this year, it’s been a really good experience.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone, I’m going into uncharted waters, but, for me and my family, it just needed to be closer to home.”
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