Facebook pressure forces Thomas returnBy Adam Lee
March 26, 2009
Striker Dean Thomas is set to make a return to Bracknell Town FC after players and fans bombarded him with messages on social networking website Facebook.
Thomas scored the winning goal in Bracknell’s opening day defeat of Bridgwater Town FC in the British Gas League Division 1 South & West.
However, after disagreements with coaching staff and the increased work-load of his day job, Thomas decided to leave the Larges Lane club and has not played since.
Recently, a number of Bracknell players, as well as a number of fans, have been urging Thomas to make a return to the club, and after clear-the-air talks with manager Byron Walton this week, the way is clear for Thomas to make a return in this weekend’s long journey to Truro City.
The signing comes at a perfect time after Walton lost his first choice strikers during Tuesday night’s 1-0 loss at home to relegation rivals Taunton Town.
Target man Chris Geary was shown a red card, while Nathan Jack was forced to go off injured, meaning Thomas could well go straight into the starting 11 on Saturday as he is still signed on with Bracknell from earlier in the season.
“Basically, I heard what happened with Chris Geary being sent off and Nathan Jack getting injured and I thought I could help the club out,” said Thomas.
“I’ve been speaking to Neil Baker and Michael Buck about coming back and last night I was sent a message on Facebook by Darrell (Freeland, Robins fan and Standard football correspondent) asking me to come back.
“I’ve had a couple more get in touch today and so I spoke to Byron and it’s happening.
“I’d had a couple of offers to play elsewhere, but I’d prefer to play at Bracknell.
“I’d had a good start to the season and it was quite a hard decision to leave, but at the time I didn’t agree with a few of the things that were happening at the club so sometimes you just have to do these things.
“I’m definitely looking forward to playing again.
“It’ll be tough, but we have to start picking up points.”
It has been suggested that, with Bracknell in a very precarious financial position, some of the fans could pick up the tab for Thomas’ fees.
Thomas has to travel from Watford for every home game, but insists it is not for financial reasons that he has agreed to come back.
“It’s not about the money,” he said.
“I have a reasonable job so I really am only playing because I love it.
“It’s a nice offer – one they didn’t have to make – and it was really good to know the guys at the club wanted me back.”
Bracknell travel to Truro on Saturday (kick off 3pm) for perhaps their toughest game of the season.
Their trip to the league leaders, who have just reached triple figures for goals scored this season, couldn’t come at a worse time with Robins desperate for points as they battle to avoid the drop.