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Tis: “I enjoyed seeing Tommy play”

30 January 2014

Manager wishes midfielder well for departure

The midfielder joined up with City in July 2012, when he returned to League football after a short spell in the lower echelons with Bath City.

He played a significant part in the Grecians’ challenge for promotion last season, and battled through in typically intrepid fashion despite being hampered by niggling back problems.

Doherty had featured only sporadically this season and the City manager passed his gratitude for Tommy’s contribution over the past year and a half at St James Park.

“As of today he is no longer our player; I don’t believe that he is going anywhere else, and I think this is a case of him getting to a point where enough is enough,” said Tis.

“The physical demands of training every day can catch up on players.  Tommy has been a very useful member of our squad, but it didn’t materialise that he was playing regularly for us this season and that’s a difficult situation for a senior player.

“When you’re not playing regularly and you’re at the end of your career, it’s a difficult place to be in.

“He made a huge contribution for us last year and put in some really good performances.  Especially away from home he put in some terrific performances.  

“He was a really instinctive player with real courage on the ball, and a tough-tackling player.  I really enjoyed seeing him play for us.”

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