FORMER Hartlepool United favourite Adam Boyd says he is leaving his hometown club with a heavy heart after what he admits was a “sad day”.
The 29-year-old was yesterday told by manager Neale Cooper that his contract would not be renewed, ending a 12-year association with Pools.
Over two spells at Victoria Park he has bagged 79 goals from 273 outings and was once the darling of the Poolie following.
But, despite declaring his intention to see out his playing days at the Vic, Boyd’s second spell has been punctuated by large periods out of the side and he admits his exit did not come as a shock.
Nonetheless, he told SportMail that he was still upset to eventually learn his fate.
“I could see it coming to be honest,” he said in an exclusive interview today, “But it was still a very sad day.
“When I came back here a few years ago I did so intending to finish my career here.
“All of my family is here, my daughter goes to school here and I’m settled here.
“But I hadn’t featured much under the new manager and he’s said he wants to bring his own players in.
“He only had so many players he could let go and I expected to be one of them.
“But until you’re told you don’t really prepare for it and I was disappointed.”
Boyd, though, had started the season in fine fashion and after seven games Pools were unbeaten and he had four goals to his name.
But then came a disastrous team display in front of the live Sky cameras at Notts County in October and Boyd was one of those to pay the price, relegated to the bench for the next game.
He would start just three more times in the club’s colours, and he admits that was a turning point in his Pools career.
“I did a lot of work over the summer, boxing with Tony Sweeney, Peter Hartley and Ian Gallagher,” he explained.
“I came back in good shape and got off to a great start.
“I felt good and was scoring goals.
“I was then left out after that Notts County game, which I thought was a bit unfair.
“I couldn’t get back in and that’s what cost me really.
“Ever since I’ve been 18 I’ve needed to play games week in, week out to be at my best.
“I showed that at the start of the season and it’s a shame it couldn’t continue.
“But I’ll be doing the same again this summer to get myself in the best shape possible and get fixed up with a new club.”
See SportMail next week for Boyd’s message to the Hartlepool fans and his favourite memories from his time at Pools.