Veteran Ex-Premier League Midfielder Departs Notts County

Dan Gosling has left Notts County following the expiration of his short-term contract at Meadow Lane, the club have officially confirmed.

The ex-Bournemouth player made eight appearances for the Magpies since joining the club in November, being involved in two wins and six losses.

The Devon-born midfielder arrived in League Two following a free transfer from Watford, making just 37 appearances in two years at Vicarage Road. The Hornets paid an undisclosed fee for Gosling in January 2021.

In a statement to the club, the 33-year-old said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the experience of being part of such a brilliant club, which I have no doubt will go from strength to strength in the years to come.

“It’s important for me to pursue opportunities closer to my family but I leave with plenty of fond memories of my time in Nottingham.”

It was Gosling’s first experience in football below the second tier, having also previously represented Plymouth Argyle and Blackpool as well as Bournemouth and Watford in the Championship.

Notts County have had a few departures since the opening of the window, with Ollie Tipton being recalled by Wolves while manager Luke Williams sealed a move to Swansea City.

County currently sit in fifth place in the fourth division, nine points off leaders Stockport County and seven behind the automatic spots, currently held by Mansfield Town and Wrexham.

Writer’s View

Notts County’s gamble on Dan Gosling never really paid off. He offered little on the pitch and seemed somewhat of a liability at times in such an impressive team. Whether it was a lack of fitness or match sharpness, it felt that Gosling was off the pace of his fellow midfielders. It was certainly worth a try to see if he would thrive at Meadow Lane, and if he did, having a Championship-level midfielder in your squad in a title fight could have been a nice weapon to have.

The current vacancy following the departure of Luke Williams probably means that Gosling will not be immediately replaced. While not a critical role to fill, having the extra depth in the squad coming into the run-in is a valuable asset. What will be fascinating is to see if the new boss will choose a player similar to Gosling with a wealth of experience in the higher divisions, or take a different approach in trying out a younger player on loan or in a permanent deal.

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Third-year Journalism Student at Salford University. Writing mainly about League Two.

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