Tuesday 21st June 2005

Briggs regrets leaving Deres

MIDFIELDER Ryan Briggs regrets leaving relegated side Erith & Belvedere but has decided he wants to play at a higher level, opting to move to their arch-rivals, Southern League Division One East neighbours, Dartford, writes Stephen McCartney.

The 24-year-old expressed his sadness leaving the Deres on the club's website earlier today.

"After my time spent at Erith & Belvedere, I wanted, out of courtesy, to let all those connected with the club know that I will not be returning to Park View Road next season," he wrote.

Briggs, who spent two season's at the club, has had spells with Bromley, Dartford and Tonbridge Angels.

But following the Deres relegation into the Kent League, he sees his return to the Darts as a good career move.

"Last season's resulting relegation was the worse way possible I could have imagined leaving the club but after much thought, I have decided to play my football at the highest level possible.

"I would like to thank all those I have met throughout my time, including all ex-players and managers, chairman John McFadden and the rest of the board, the fans and all the backroom staff who do so much, including Kellie Discipline, who deserves a special mention.

"May I wish you all the best for next season and I hope to see you - where you belong - as soon as possible."

But Briggs admitted he may even make a shock return to the club as he is stuck on 99 appearances and wants to reach the magic figure.

"Who knows, I may even be back to claim my momentous 100th appearance!"

A statement on the Dartford website, however, welcomes back the player.

"We would like to welcome Ryan back to the Darts and send our best wishes for the forthcoming season," it said.