Seagulls agree Dayle Grubb deal with League Two Forest Green
PUBLISHED: 18:33 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:38 05 December 2017
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.”