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Symons: Decision to leave Braintree was tough
Nicky Symons admits it was a tough decision to leave Braintree Town but has moved to Bishop’s Stortford because of family considerations.
The 25-year-old midfielder has linked up with his former manager Rod Stringer after Skrill South club Stortford put in a seven-day approach for him and Symons said the amount of travelling he has to do with Braintree was a big factor in his decision to leave.
He joined the Iron from Aveley at the start of their successful 2010/11 season when they were elevated to the top flight of the Football Conference as champions of the Conference South under Stringer and went on to make 76 apperances over two seasons in the premier division.
Symons scored two goals in that time, including a memorable strike from near the halfway line at Woking last year.
He thanked the club’s fans and staff for their support during his three years at the Amlin Stadium, but said juggling the demands of being part of a Conference Premier side, family commitments and working full-time had become hard going.
So he had taken the tough decision to tell Iron boss Alan Devonshire that he would be leaving.
He said: “Without a doubt it was a very tough decision.
“I’ve gone into my fourth year with Braintree and get on very well with the players, staff and fans so it was tough.
“But there are a couple of factors I had to consider.
“There are some long away trips you have to do in the Conference, but my fiancée has just given birth to our first child and I didn’t want to miss out on spending important time with them.
“I also work full-time and the Conference is a very demanding league, but dropping down a league will give me more time to spend with my family.
“The manager had also brought in a couple of players and competition for places was going to be a bit tighter, so I thought it would be good to go somewhere where I had more chance of a starting place.
“So there was a combination of things and it just seemed the right time to move on.
“It’s not a decision I made instantly and I spoke in depth with my family once Devs (Devonshire) told me about the seven-day approach.
“I love Braintree and I will stay in touch with the boys there, but it is right to go.
“Devs has been very straight with me and he said he would have me back in a flash if things didn’t work out at Stortford, which is nice.
“The fans at Braintree have been great and you can always have a chat with them after games.
“It really is a great club.”
Symons said he had plenty of good memories from his time with the Iron, but there was one in particular that stood out for him.
“It has to be winning the league in my first year,” he added.
“Everyone wants to win a championship in their career and I never thought it would be something I would do.
“It gave us the chance to make the tranisition to the Conference Premier and go to all those big grounds and play in front of 6,000 crowds at places like Luton.
“Scoring that goal at Woking was also pretty memorable.”
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