HARTLEPOOL United striker Adam Boyd has spoken of his “relief and delight” after signing a new contract with his hometown club.
The 28-year-old admits that he didn’t know what to expect when he walked in for Wednesday’s crunch meeting with first-team coach Mick Wadsworth and chief executive Russ Green.
But it was good news which awaited the former Manor College pupil as he was thrown the chance to re-launch his Victoria Park career.
“I’m over the moon,” Boyd told SportMail today having agreed new terms with the club.
“I did not know what to expect when I met with Mick and Russ to be honest.
“I’d been trying to stay positive but certainly didn’t take it for granted that I would get offered a new deal.
“That’s the first time in my career I’ve felt like that and I want it to be the last.
“It’s a huge relief to secure my future and I’m delighted to be staying at my hometown club.
“I’m happy here, my family and friends are here and it’s the club I started my career with.
“I never wanted to leave and I just can’t wait for next season now because this is a great chance for me.”
Some of Boyd’s close friends, however, were not so lucky and no fewer than 10 players were shown the door.
And, while elated at his own lifeline, the forward was quick to spare a thought for his former team-mates.
“It wasn’t a nice day really,” he added.
“We’ve got a good group who are a pretty close and we all get on well together.
“So to see a few of them leave is quite sad because a lot of the lads who left were popular.
“I was getting quite close to Fabian (Yantorno), he was a nice guy and I feel for him.
“But that’s football I suppose and you’ve got to look after yourself at the end of it.”