AFC Wimbledon striker James Hanson has left Wimbledon after helping them to their great escape in the League One relegation battle.
The Wombles looked doomed at one point, ten points adrift of safety, but a remarkable run of form saw them avoid the drop on the last day of the season. 31-year-old Hanson played a key part in that resurgence but leaves the club with the blessing of manager Wally Downes.
“James had an immediate impact when he returned after injury,” the Wombles boss told the official club site.
“He set-up Shane McLoughlin’s late goal in the important victory against Doncaster and scored twice at Scunthorpe. He was a really big part of it in the short space of time that I had him available. We certainly wouldn’t have stayed up without him.
“James is a great professional, but unfortunately I did not have him in the team for the maximum amount of games possible. His contribution when available was fantastic. I can only say that he will be a valuable asset to the next manager who gets him. We have a succession plan and we are following up loads of leads as we edge closer to bringing in another forward.”
Hanson has been linked with a League Two switch, with two clubs thought to be interested. He’s a hero at Bradford City, their joint-third all-time leading goalscorer and a key part of their promotion and League Cup run in 2013.
However, they are likely to face competition from ambitious Grimsby Town, who have already secured the services of Matt Green as they look to kick on after three seasons in mid-table.
Grimsby Town are really looking to kick on this season and they’re thought to want Hanson and Green to spearhead an experienced attack. Bradford would seem a good destination if only to move ahead of Dean Windass into outright third in their record scorers list.
It’ll be a tough decision for the striker, both clubs expect to be challenging for the top seven next season.