HOT-SHOT Demetri Brown has waved goodbye to Worcester City and joined Conference North side Hereford FC after club chiefs admitted defeat in their long-running battle to hold on to the forward.
The popular strike ace left the Blue and Whites on Friday to join the resurgent Bulls with the thanks of grateful City chiefs who hailed Brown for his goal-scoring exploits in Worcester colours.
Among the highlights for the ex-Tividale striker was the 9-0 demolition of Racing Club Warwick in November in which both he and partner Sean Brain both netted hat-tricks in City’s biggest win for 43 years.
City chiefs kept a keen eye on the hitman last season and made him their number one target in the summer as part of manager Ash Vincent’s revamp of his squad.
But his good form soon attracted attention and club bosses revealed they have turned down eight seven-day approaches since September with the backing of Brown who wanted to continue to ply his trade in the blue and white. However, when the approach came in from Hereford, all parties agreed it would be a fantastic move for him and his family.
Speaking after the move was confirmed, Vincent said: “Dimi for me has been fantastic all season to now, on and off the pitch and deserves his opportunity to test himself higher up the football pyramid.
“Over the season the interest in a player we brought in from step six has been incredible but he showed his loyalty and character throughout but also his trust in us as a staff to help develop him.
“There is of course a point where it is right to move on in football and with the chance to improve the quality of his family’s life off the pitch with a new baby on the way and also develop himself on the pitch further.
“He goes with our absolute best wishes and a huge thank you for all his efforts. A special young man who hopefully fulfills all his potential and shows there’s a lot more to come,” he added.
Vincent moved to replace Brown on the same day with the capture of Kye Dryden from Atherstone Town.
Dryden has previously had spells at former Derby and Jamaica forward Deon Burton’s academy, Tamworth, Walsall Wood and Chelmsley Town.
On the pitch, the Blue and Whites were again thwarted by the weather as their clashes with Haughmond and Lye Town were both postponed due to waterlogged pitches .
Basement boys Selston are the visitors to the Victoria Ground on Saturday.