NICK Fenton has told The Star he is “gutted” and “disappointed” to have departed Rotherham United.
The centre-back is searching for a new club, having been released by manager Andy Scott earlier this week.
Indeed, Scott also opted to let go of Luke Ashworth, Stephen Brogan, Jamie Green, Grant Darley and Kevin Ellison as he reshapes his squad for next term.
Fenton said: “I am gutted because I had virtually agreed a new deal before Ronnie Moore was sacked and then when he left it got put on hold until the end of the season.
“I am disappointed as I wanted to stay but I understand it from Andy’s point of view. He wants to clear the decks and get his own players in so I have to accept it.
“I knew as soon as Ronnie got sacked and we got in a new manager with three weeks to go that it was going to be difficult. But that’s football. I have been around long enough to know how it works.”
The popular defender spent three years with the Millers, making 134 appearances in all competitions. He played 36 times last season, scoring three goals. When asked to pick out his highlights, Fenton said: “The Johnstone Paint Trophy run in my first year was brilliant and it was nice to score against Leeds.
“It was great to play in the Play-Off Final last season. It was just a shame it ended in defeat.”
Although he is entering the twilight years of his career, Fenton is adamant he still has plenty to offer in the sport.
“I am only 31 so I’ve still got a few years left in me yet so hopefully a club will take a chance on me,” he said. “My agent is speaking to a number of clubs at the moment.
“It is not an ideal situation for me because I have got a young family to support. A lot of clubs have released players so I am in the same boat as 600 to 700 other professionals but I’m fairly confident that I will get something.”
Meanwhile, former Millers boss Alan Knill has revealed he is interested in recruiting Adam Le Fondre.
Knill, now in charge of Scunthorpe United, said: “He’s a good player but the problem might be the fee and he’s still under contract for a year, but we are interested. Rotherham may not want to sell anyway.”
Le Fondre notched 24 goals in 49 appearances last term.