Striker Dan Thompson has been told he will never wear a Hampton & Richmond Borough shirt again – ahead of his return to Beveree with Bognor Regis tomorrow.
The talented youngster left the Beavers for the second time over Christmas to join Conference South side Hayes & Yeading, but has since dropped back into the Ryman Premier on dual registration with Bognor.
Having come through the ranks at Beveree, Thompson first broke into the first team as a 16 year old three years ago, and within a few months had earned trials at the likes of Newcastle, Stoke, QPR and Crystal Palace.
He was eventually snapped up by Portsmouth, but played only one game in the League Cup before being released before finding his way back to Hampton last summer, re-signing in September.
The ink was barely dry on that deal before Thompson was off to Hayes & Yeading, but his stay there was equally brief, and he is now back at the same level he started at with Bognor.
Beavers boss Paul Barry said: “Dan has had some bad advice – and not just this year. There is never any chance of his coming back here now.”
Thompson, meanwhile, told the Chronicle he is sorry for the way things worked out, but things happened off the pitch he could not help.
He said: “The way it ended last time, I don't think I could go back to Hampton again. It might have seemed unprofessional, but an opportunity arose and I had to make my decision.
“I was told Hayes put a seven day approach in, but it didn't happen, and Hampton said they weren't informed. But it happened behind closed doors and I was in the dark. It was stuff happening off the pitch I couldn't help.
“I just want to lay football. I have a lot be thankful to Hampton for, and I'm sorry it ended the way it did. I am looking forward to going back there with Bognor though – it will be interesting.”
Hampton will be desperate to get the game on after last Saturday's game against Hendon was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, along with Tuesday night's Middlesex Cup semi-final against Northwood, which was called off for a third time.
The Northwood tie has now been rearranged for next Tuesday (February 18), taking precedent over the league game against Enfield Town which was scheduled for that night, which has been moved to Tuesday, April 1. The new date for the Hendon game, meanwhile, is Tuesday, April 7.