I must have written more than a thousand transfer stories during my time as a sports writer at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.
So, it is perhaps fitting that that the last one I’ll ever write for the papers I’ve spent more than six years working for is actually about myself.
I made the decision to leave ‘Free Press towers’ just over a month ago, something a few of you have already heard about. My last day was Friday – and I couldn’t leave without thanking you all.
When I first landed the job as sports reporter here, I’m not ashamed to admit that my knowledge of the South Holland slice of South Lincolnshire was embarrassingly low. I remember being mocked by my colleagues for thinking Ayscoughfee was a village and that Quadring began with a ‘K’.
But, as time went by, I’d like to think that I’ve got to know the area and its many great clubs and leagues as well as most people have over the many decades of the papers’ existence.
I’ve worked with some great journalists and made many good friends over the years too – none more so than photographer Nikki Griffin, who many of you know I will marry later this year.
I’d like to offer thanks to every person that has contributed to my pages during my stint. Be it the odd nib or a regular contributor, you all helped make the sport section the best it could be and I’m happy with the mini-legacy I’m leaving behind.
Obviously not all of you will have enjoyed my coverage, but I genuinely hope that the majority of you at least found it fair and accurate.
We may not have the strongest sporting patch here in South Lincolnshire, but it’s certainly packed full of people, clubs and leagues that made working here a real pleasure – and I know you will be looked after in these great papers long after my departure.
All that is left to say is that you can continue to follow our excellent Twitter service on @FreePressSport
Thank you...and goodbye.