Seagulls agree Dayle Grubb deal with League Two Forest Green

PUBLISHED: 18:33 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:38 05 December 2017

Dayle Grubb will move to League Two Forest Green in January. Picture by Will T Photography.

Dayle Grubb will move to League Two Forest Green in January. Picture by Will T Photography.

Archant

Free-scoring midfielder Dayle Grubb will leave Weston Football Club for League Two side Forest Green Rovers for an undisclosed fee, the Seagulls have confirmed this evening (Tuesday).

Grubb has been with the club for a decade since signing as a 16-year-old in 2007, and has gone on to make 356 club appearances, scoring 90 goals.

The past 12 months have arguably seen him climb to new heights, with the midfielder currently the top 2017 goalscorer in any of English football’s top six divisions.

It is form which has seen the Football League come calling for a player long-regarded by fans as capable of playing at a higher level.

Forest Green have links to Weston too, in that the club’s academy manager Scott Bartlett managed the Seagulls until this summer – meaning he is fully aware of Grubb’s abilities.

Forest Green manager Mark Cooper said: “Scott Bartlett knows him well. He played well against us in pre-season and we kept tabs on him and he has continued to score goals.

“He’s got great ability, he can go past people and score. He has got a fantastic goal record for someone who is not really a striker – he’s certainly one I expect to chip in with goals.”

Grubb’s transfer will not be formalised until the transfer window opens on January 1, and remains subject to a medical, but Seagulls boss Marc McGregor expects it to go through without a hitch.

He said: “Dayle has been a fantastic servant to Weston Football Club, and nobody could deny him this opportunity to go on and further his career.

“He will not only be missed on the pitch as a great footballer, he is also a great lad off the field. I truly wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him test himself at a higher level, where he is more than capable.”

The player himself says it will be a wrench to leave the Woodspring Stadium, but he is looking forward to testing himself in league football.

He said: “Weston has been a massive part of my life. My time here has been really important in my development as a player.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of this team and love playing with the current group but I feel I have to grasp this opportunity; I want to test myself in the football league and Forest Green is the perfect club for me to do that.”

Other Sport Stories

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Woodspring Stadium, home to Weston-super-Mare Football Club, will host top-flight football this weekend.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Weston ran out comfortable winners in the first derby of the season against Hornets.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hornettes Ladies were emphatically beaten by their hosts Gordano.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cheddar recorded their 10th successive victory to move into the top three in the division.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Uphill Castle Reserves reached the last 16 of the Weston & District Knockout Cup with a 5-1 victory over Cheddar A.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weston-super-Mare boss Marc McGregor has dismissed speculation striker Jamie Lucas will return to the club.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weston Golf Club held its annual presentation evening, with club captain Glenn Taylor handing out the awards.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club elected new club captain Mark Woods at its annual meeting.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Batch Country Hotel was the venue for Victoria Bowls Club presentation evening.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A dozen runners from Weston Athletic Club took on the Fully Monty Cute race organised by Crewkerne Running Club.

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 5°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder