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Former Notts County forward Montel Gibson leaves Ilkeston Town

Joe Jones

Former Notts County forward Montel Gibson has been left with "no representative and no club" after Ilkeston Town confirmed his departure.

The 20-year-old made 28 starts for Steve Chettle's team this season and enjoyed a fruitful turnaround of 15 goals.

However, Gibson is no longer at the New Manor Ground club, with the team manager citing his difficulty in attending training from Birmingham due to lack of own transport.

“Montel was finding it hard to balance his time between training, playing and travelling from Birmingham, he was making these journeys without his own transport and was reliant on lifts from other people, because of this, he was only able to make training once a week," Chettle said.

”I spoke to him last week and he has really enjoyed his time with Ilkeston, and everyone at the club would like to thank him for all of his efforts this season, and we wish him well in the future, wherever that lies.”

Gibson told the Ilson site: “It’s been quite emotional to leave such a big club full of positivity and such supportive people who believe in you.

"Considering my time has only been short, Ilkeston has become a second home to me. So, I want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Ilkeston, I’ve met a great bunch of lads along the way, the fans were magnificent week in, week out. The support here is different class every single game.

“Steve has been amazing since the day I came to Ilkeston, he believed in me and pushed me from the start, on and off the pitch. I’d also like to thank the rest of the coaching staff, Ian, Craig, Simon and Physio Dave.”

Gibson was on Notts County's books between 2016 and 2017, making five appearances for the Magpies, before joining Ilson on a free transfer last summer, and has now expressed an interest in playing abroad.

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