Hugely popular and successful striker Jason Prior has today departed Dorking Wanderers having played a huge part in the clubs recent history.
Signed from Havant & Waterlooville in 2018 and with a highly impressive return of 68 goals in 120 appearances, Jason helped the club achieve two promotions in three completed seasons and was instrumental in his four years at the club.
Manager Marc White said: "With all due respect to all other Wanderers signings in our history, there can be no bigger impact of a player than that of JP9, and I am absolutely gutted that Jason will not be part of the furniture moving forward. I said to Jason during our discussion that the best compliment that I could give him was that (beyond the promotions and goals) if I knew four years ago what type of man I was signing I would have paid ten times the asking price. He is a collosal character, a gentleman, a leader and a serial winner. He is the most focused man in every changing room. He is irreplaceable. I want to thank him for his huge contribution and I’m sure like all other ex players he will stay close to the club. Once a Wanderer always a Wanderer".
The departing Jason Prior commented: " Wanderers, what a 4 years it’s been! I’m heartbroken it’s time to say goodbye but I think that says it all. It’s been the most enjoyable spell of my career on and off the field. The club is full of amazing people who are the reason it’s been so successful over the years and will continue to be moving forward".
He continued: "I can’t explain just how good the dressing room is that the gaffer has built up. It’s the best I’ve played with and I’m sure the boys will do great next season. As much as I would have loved to stay and given the National League a crack, it’s the right decision for me and the club as I wouldn’t be able to fully commit and I wouldn’t want to let anyone down".
Finally, Jason said: The fans have been amazing since I’ve been here and helped drag us over the line in the play-off final. It’s been great to see the fan base grow so much over the years and hopefully that will continue as the club progresses. I will be back to see you all soon and cheer the boys on. All the best, JP9"
Once a Wanderer, always a Wanderer