Fleetwood’s Nathan Pond has today swapped the Cod Army for Salford and the club’s fans have reacted to the news on Twitter.
Pond is the record appearance maker for Fleetwood, having featured in nearly 500 games for the club and he’s also the club captain with the Cod Army.
However, the 33-year old has decided to make the switch to Salford after 15 years at the club, where he’ll be hoping he can help another team reach the Football League.
Pond has the added bonus of being able to work with his former manager Graham Alexander again. The National League club signed the former Scunthorpe boss to the club as their manager after he left Scunthorpe United.
Now, the player becomes Alexander’s second signing of the transfer window and Cod Army fans have reacted to the signing on Twitter.
Absolute legend, there won’t be another player in history to play in 7 different divisions for 1 club again
— Stephen Roney (@stephen_Roney) May 17, 2018
Never thought I would read this news.Great servant to the club, guess all things come to a end though. Good luck Pondy you know you will always be welcome at Highbury
— antony woodhouse (@highburycod) May 17, 2018
Absolutely gutted. All the best pondy
— Hayley Flaherty (@HayleyFlaherty8) May 17, 2018
Truly is the end of an era. This man is, and always will be, Mr Fleetwood Town. So many happy memories and he will forever be linked with the clubs rise up the leagues. This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you soon. All the best @Pondy6 #Codarmy #Legend https://t.co/dLVNSB5GWR
— Niall Walker (@niallw92) May 17, 2018
— Christian Lamb (@Christianlamb87) May 17, 2018
Salford signing a player like Nathan Pond is certainly a statement of intent from the club. Having already managed to sign Graham Alexander on as manager and then sign Danny Whitehead, adding Nathan Pond to the club’s squad is another massive bonus to Salford.
With these signings, the club are clearly desperate to try and push their way up the leagues and try and break into the Football League. They certainly have a manager and a player in Nathan Pond now who can help take the club up the leagues, with both player and manager having done the exact same at Fleetwood.
Both the 33-year old and his manager played for the Cod Army and managed to drag them from non-league to the Football League and to League 1.