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Johnson reveals disappointment at leaving Darlington
Andy Johnson has spoken of his disappointment that his Darlington career lasted only four months after making a shock transfer to Spennymoor Town this week.
He became Quakers' most high profile summer signing when the highly sought-after striker agreed a two-year deal in June having scored close to 100 goals in all competitions over the past two years with Bishop Auckland.
But manager Martin Gray agreed to sell the 26-year-old, despite him scoring six goals in his first five Darlington appearances.
"When I was first told what was happening it was a surprise and to be honest I was gutted," said the player.
"I knew that Nathan Fisher had come in and that we had a lot of strikers, but I thought I'd be okay as I'd scored six goals.
"I was happy and I was doing well so I just didn't understand. I got the call from Martin saying that Spennymoor had put an offer in. His words were: 'I've received a fantastic offer,' which, in my opinion, if he'd wanted to keep me he wouldn't have said those words.
"It's been going on for a week or two and I've got a lot of respect for Martin as a manager, but it got to the point where I couldn't stay at Darlington.
"I'm very disappointed about it considering the start I'd had.
"I'd made a big decision in the summer, choosing Darlington over other clubs, but I don't feel as though I was given an opportunity. Even when I was scoring goals I was getting substituted ten minutes after half-time."
Gray brought in Fisher a month ago, finally ending the pursuit of a striker that he has wanted since last season.
Darlington received an undisclosed fee for Johnson, a player that they brought in on a free transfer.
Johnson added: "I don't know whether [Gray] wanted to sign me in the first place and only got me because Fisher wasn't available at the time, I just don't understand it.
"I'll not say I was the best striker at the club, but I'd scored six goals in five games, which was in about 470 minutes.
"He can't ask for more than that. He brought me to the club to score goals. Maybe I don't fit into the style of play that he wants, I don't know.
"My game used to be closing defenders down, but Martin made it plain and simple to me that he didn't want me doing that. He wanted me in the box, he didn't want me chasing full-backs.
"I still don't why he wanted to sell me, the only thing I can think is the money."
Spennymoor are at home to Whitley Bay tomorrow, but Johnson must wait for his debut to an ankle injury that should clear in the next week.
He added: "It's not as if I'm leaving Darlington after not scoring in ten games or something. I've done my job so I can leave with my head held high.
"The fans were fantastic, the lads are brilliant and I'm disappointed to leave.
"The Spennymoor chairman Brad Groves and manager Jason Ainsley have been after me on and off for years so I'm happy to play for a manager and a chairman that I've got a good relationship with.
"This is football, these things happen and you've just got to move on."
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