Thompson leaves Brig in good spirits

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Bamber Bridge have been dealt a blow after defender Ryan Thompson has left the club.

Thompson has moved to Evo-Stik Division One rivals Lancaster City after the latter put in a seven days notice for the talented defender.

The ex Blackburn Rovers defender agreed to join Lancaster but he made clear that he really enjoyed his time at Brig.

He said: “I really enjoyed my time at Bamber Bridge.

“After leaving Blackburn as a centre half I was asked to play left back by Neil Crowe and I hadn’t played there for about four years.

“But I gave it a go and I did well so that’s another string added to the bow now.”

“I am sure I improved as a player there and I want to thank Bamber Bridge as a club for supporting.

“ I also want to thank both Neil Reynolds and Neil Crowe for giving me a chance in Non-League football but also the physio Gus Muncaster who has helped me with my injuries.”

Despite leaving, Thompson spoke highly about Bamber Bridge and expects them to be challenging for the playoffs come the end of the season.

He added: “Brig are a good side and I’m sure they will be challenging for the playoffs towards the end of the season.”

Thompson hinted a major factor at joining Lancaster was the positive comments he received when he spoke to representatives of the club.

Now the young defender hopes he can break into the Lancaster side and cement a place in their promotion challenging side.

He said: “I go to Lancaster and Morecambe College which is a really positive link with Lancaster City.

“Gary Hunter and Ian Jones both coaches at the club persuaded me to sign but a big thing was being able to play under a former Premier League defender in Darren Peacock, he was a good player and hopefully I can get better under him.”

“All I want to do now is recover from my injury work my way into the Lancaster side and help be a part of the promotion challenge.”