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💬 Matt Jay on departing Exeter City

Hear from the skipper one last time

9 January 2023

Exeter City captain and one of our own, Matt Jay has given a final interview after calling time on an 18-year journey at Exeter City to sign for Colchester United.

Matt leaves with the thanks and warmest wishes of all at Exeter City, having made 206 appearances and scoring 56 goals in all competitions. 

Reflecting on his decision to leave SJP, Matt said: “It’s a really sad day leaving my boyhood club that’s been in my heart for so many years. It was a decision that was difficult to make.

“You’ve got to look back on what I’ve achieved here and the love and support that the club has shown me and given me has made me the person that I am and hopefully that’s come across with everyone associated with the club.

“In the last three or four years I’ve really been able to show what I can do on the pitch. I really try and do everything I can both off and on the pitch to really represent the club in the best way I can so I’m hopeful people will remember me for what I’ve done, not just on the pitch but off it too.

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“This has been my home for a long time, and it was a difficult decision to make for me and my family, having a young boy now so I’ve been looking for some security with my partner and little one. I think the time is right to say goodbye and I’m hopeful that it will be a positive step in my career.

Reflecting on the support of the City fans, Matt added: “Thank you to the fans that have been fantastic to me and got behind me even when I’ve not been doing so well. This year has not been perfect but one thing I would always do is give my all and I think the fans knew I would always give everything so hearing them sing my name always sent shivers down my spine.


On the support of the club with the move, MJ added:” A big thank you to the club for helping get this sorted and making it as smooth as possible. Being able to do these things is really important to me, I didn’t just want to vanish I wanted to say thank you to the fans, the club, the players the staff and everyone associated with the club.”

“I really wish the club every success in the future, and it will be the first club I check every weekend when the scores come in on a Saturday.”

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