Departing Iron legend David Mirfin says he is disappointed to leave Scunthorpe United and admits he didn’t want his special affiliation with the club to end.
Mirfin was told he would not be offered a new contract by Iron boss Graham Alexander last week, having spent eight of the last nine years at the club.
“I am obviously disappointed to leave and when you have that special affiliation with a club you never want it to end,” Mirfin told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
“In football the one constant with footballers is the fans. Managers, chairmen and players will always move on.
“I want to thank them so much for the support. I have had injuries and relegations but they have stuck with me and the club.”
The 32 year old, who has already received interest from other clubs, thought he had done enough to earn a new deal but admitted he wasn’t surprised when he was told he was no longer part of Alexander’s plans.
“I thought I did enough to deserve another year but equally I wasn’t surprised when I didn’t get offered anything”, he continued.
“I have been in football quite a long time and if you think things are guaranteed then you are a bit naive.
“I wasn’t expecting one but I felt I did enough to deserve one, so I went in with quite an open mind whether I would get offered one.
“I think Graham Alexander found it more uncomfortable that I did and it is part of the manager’s job that they don’t like to do but have got to do.
“It was perfectly fine, he gave his reasons, wished me luck and thanked me for everything I’d done.”