Wes Thomas has taken to social media to give his account of the incident with Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley that led to his omission from the matchday squad and ultimately being released by the club, news the striker said he received via a voicemail.
Thomas was amongst four players released by Jolley as he looks to rebuild his squad in the wake the club’s disappointing seventeenth place finish.
Defender Danny Collins, midfielder Martyn Woolford and fellow forward JJ Hooper will also leave Blundell Park.
Thomas scored twelve goals in forty appearances across all competitions for the Mariners, finishing the season as the club’s top scorer but his campaign ended prematurely in March in the aftermath of a 2-0 reverse at Oldham. Amidst reports of an altercation with Jolley at Boundary Park, Thomas was dropped and failed to appear in the matchday squad for the remainder of the season.
Thomas took the opportunity of his release to put his side of the story on social media. ‘I would like to take this moment to clear a couple things up,’ he posted on Instagram.
‘After the Oldham game, an incident occurred where I swore at the manager after he had pushed me and been swearing and screaming inches from my face.’
‘I chose not to speak about it earlier because I didn’t want it to be a distraction from the team trying to achieve as many points as possible,’ he added.
Thomas also commented that unlike the other three players released who all had meetings to discuss their futures he ‘was told in a voicemail later in the day’ after the announcement.
Thomas also addressed a video post he made moments before news broke of his release, which featured the caption ‘no more three-hour journeys’ explaining he was ‘having fun about having some time off and not having to travel up and down on the motorway during the off-season.’
The controversial former Birmingham City man ended his post by thanking ‘the players, staff and fans for this season and wish you all the best in the future.’
What happens in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room according to the old football saying and no doubt some Grimsby fans will be upset with Thomas for going public and see his recent social media activity has a sign he is a ‘bad apple’ and back Jolley’s decision to release him.
Others might be worried that the Mariners have lost one of their few decent players.
It seems clear that Jolley is looking to build a squad with the right attitude and fans should back him in his endeavours to build a team they can once again be proud.