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Dale Brightly: I was made a scapegoat by Canvey Island
DALE Brightly has been left feeling “bitter” about his time at Canvey Island and feels he was made a “scapegoat” for their bad start to the season.
The experienced goalkeeper has committed his services to Essex Senior League side Great Wakering for the rest of the season and says he’s been asked to be released by the Ryman Premier Gulls.
Brightly joined Canvey in July after finishing last season at local rivals Concord Rangers and started their first two games, a home defeat on the opening day to Kingstonian, and a midweek loss at Cray.
But he was dropped for the following match at Lewes as Arsenal loanee Josh Vickers was drafted into the Canvey goal, and says that was when he decided he wanted to leave.
He said: “I played OK against Kingstonian and Cray but Canvey dropped me even though I had done nothing wrong. I know they had lined up a move for Josh Vickers while I was there, so it was clear they did not want me.
“I knew there was not much of a future there and I felt quite bitter about it because there was not much loyalty shown. I think I was made a scapegoat for the bad start to the season.”
Brightly says he decided on a move to lower league Wakering because the club have been very accommodating on his personal commitments, which include being available to support his pregnant wife.
He said he was also happy to return to Burroughs Park, where he had a brief spell a decade ago.
He said: “It’s a nice club with good people running it. I did a pre-season here and played the first six or seven games under Tony Cross when he was manager. So it’s nice to be back and hopefully I can play a part in helping to get them promoted.”
Brightly has now played for four local clubs over the past two seasons: he was part of the Billericay side which won the Ryman Premier in 2012, finished last season at Concord, where he has a long affiliation, and then started this campaign at Canvey before his move to Great Wakering.