Bristol Rovers are set to lose midfielder Liam Sercombe after the two parties failed to agree on a new deal, as reported by Bristol Live.
The Gas have seemingly retained their status in League One, despite struggling for the latter part of the season, and a significant rebuild looks likely following the December appointment of Ben Garner. Like many teams, they face an uncertain future and that is sure to have played a part in the news that Sercombe is likely to leave the club.
The out of contract 30-year-old joined the club from Oxford United in 2017, scoring 12 goals in all competitions in his first season. His impact hasn’t been as strong since and he’ll leave the Gas having scored a total 19 goals in 126 appearances.
Sercombe spent the first part of his career with Exeter City, where he won promotion from the Conference Premier, as well as promotion from League Two under Paul Tisdale’s stewardship. He spent five more years with the club after that success, seeing them relegated from League One, before joining up with renowned coach Michael Appleton at Oxford.
He finished as a runner up in League Two in his first season with the U’s, as well as playing in successive Wembley finals in the EFL Trophy, scoring in the second appearance against Coventry. He joined Rovers following that season but is now set to move to pastures new. Gas fans have been reacting to the news, seemingly not surprised that the player is moving on after a rather indifferent season.
He looked miserable all season,no great surprise
U could see a marked difference in his happiness from his 1st season when he stated "Any1 who knows me will know how delighted I am to be here" to this season under GC,seemed unhappy out there. Gd luck to him good player on his day
— Richard Williams (@MrRic_Hard) June 5, 2020
Sercs form hasn't been great, a fresh start may help both parties, i imagine he was on a half decent contract & it's good to see we aren't being held to ransome, think players will be in for a surprise as squads will be smaller, pay less and contracts shorter & clubs using youth
— Tom Cook (@tomcook1883) June 5, 2020
Back to Exeter then
— dan farley (@danfarley75) June 5, 2020
Too good a player not to be in the league next season.
— Paul Woodham (@thumpermaxie) June 5, 2020
Not shocked by this and given the defenders on the books Craig will surely be on his way. Clarke would be a pity but does he really fit with Garners direction of travel.
— Simon Cox (@aeroplaneblue) June 5, 2020
A player who could & should have been much better for Rovers. On his day excellent but too often found wanting. I still have no idea what his best position is!!!
— Alveston Gas (@SimonDGould) June 5, 2020
That’s a shame a fit Sercs is a great player let the rebuild begin. Centre Mid needs an overhaul #UTG
— Moley Noseacs (@noseacs) June 5, 2020