It has emerged this morning that Nathaniel Pinney has been released by the club.
The South Norwood born striker has been on loan at Blue Square Premier side Ebbsfleet United since November, where he has managed to score six goals in 25 appearances.
With this year being the last covered under his contract, Nathaniel was given the chance to impress Freedman during our last pre-season campaign and the most part he did just that, forcing his way into the thoughts of both the manager and supporters with some spirited performances and a very well taken goal during our home friendly against Norwich.
Sadly, it wasn’t enough to persuade Dougie that his future lay at the club, and with the likes of Glenn Murray and Jermaine Easter consistently preferred to Pinney, a loan move was agreed to give the youngster the best chance of getting regular first team football.
His efforts were appreciated by Fleet fans, making a real impression when he first moved and playing a key role in some decent results around the turn of the year, but with the loan coming to an end this week, Nathaniel has unfortunately returned to the news that he will not be offered a new contract in SE25.
It’s never nice to hear of players being released from the club, especially when they are still so young. That being said, there is no guarantee that this is the end of the road for Pinney. He need only look at Lewis Grabban, a player deemed to surplus to requirements a few years ago, who is now plying his trade at Rotherham United as an example of what can be achieved if he keeps working at his game.
I’d like to wish Nathaniel the best of luck with his future endeavours and hope that he finds a club where he can settle and get his career back on track.