Ridgeons Football League
Published 31st May 2012
The 21-year-old is Wisbech born and bred but looks as though he will have to quit his home club to find a regular game of football next season.
The midfielder has yet to agree to come back next season and said: “I have played at Wisbech since I was 14 and do not want to leave the club but at the same time I want to be playing each week at my age.
“I know I am still learning the game but I think I am good enough to play in the Premier Division and am not keen to drop a level and play somewhere else.
“I admit I did not have a great season due to injuries and circumstances But I felt I should have played more games but that is really down to opinions.”
Thompson, who always wears his heart on his sleeve when he pulls on a Wisbech shirt, made his first team debut as a 16-year-old and remembers it as his best moment of his career so far: “It was a local derby in the league against King’s Lynn Reserves but another big moment was winning the Ridgeons League Cup in 2011.”
In fact Thompson came very close to signing for King’s Lynn two years ago and explained: “I went to The Walks and met with Gary Setchell and it was a very hard decision for me but in the end my heart ruled my head.”
This time Thompson plans to take his time about next season and added: “We do not start pre-season training until the beginning of July so I can wait a bit yet. It is another difficult decision because I want to play for Wisbech but also I just want to play more games too, so we will see.”
Thompson made thirty-three league appearances last season but fifteen of those appearances came from the bench and he scored just three goals. With Adam Millson and Steve Reid still around his opportunities next season could also be limited.
The local lad has always been a big favourite with the fans, but perhaps now he needs a fresh challenge and he is still young enough to return to the Fenland Stadium for a second spell in the future.
Meanwhile, manager Steve Appleby has recruited another two new players with goalkeeper Lea Jordan and forward Scott Ginty agreeing verbally to join and he is still seeking a midfielder.
Jordan was voted the fans` player of the season at Wisbech for the 2010/11 season but work commitments forced him to leave for March Town United last summer.
He left there after three months and spent spells with Yaxley and Soham Town Town Rangers last season as well.
Appleby said: “There was no fall out when Lea left and we have kept in touch.
“I did think about signing him when he left March but we had Ryan Rayner at the time and I did try to sign him later in the season but he had already joined for Soham.
“He has now sorted out his work commitments and travel and I am pleased to have him back.
“We had a problem with the goalkeeping position last season but Lea is the best around here at this level and did a very good job when he was with us before and loves the club and the fans.”
Ginty was once on Peterborough United’s books as a youth and has had spells with Boston United, Ebbsfleet United and Deeping Rangers.
He had a troubled time with injuries last season but is back to full fitness now and Appleby commented: “He is a very good player and I think he could prove a real gem for the club.
“He is hungry and wants to do well and is just the sort of player I want at the club.
“He can play in the hole behind two strikers and that is something I would be keen to try.
“He was in the Boston United youth team with Jon Fairweather and Peterborough United Academy alongside Callum Reed. He spent some time last season with Deeping Rangers and scored quite a few goals for them.”
Appleby has now lined up three new players for next season with striker Simon Mowbray also agreeing to join and he also wants a midfielder as well. “I would like a real flair player for our midfield and we will have to see if we can get one.
“But if we don’t I am quite happy to go into the season with the squad I have got now. We have got good competition for places and it looks a very good squad.
“For the first time since I took over as manager, I haven’t had to chop and change the squad. I feel the opportunity is now there to prove we are good enough to do things and with the lads being a little bit wiser and a few minor adjustments, we are not a million miles away.
“We also want Matt Lunn to stay and hopefully he will but he has to sort out a few work commitments as he missed quite a number of games last season.”