On Saturday Jonny Frazer departed the club after
18 months in order to travel to Australia for one year.
The talented and spirited winger has written the following message message to fans via our matchday Ardsview programme. Massive thanks to Jonny and to programme editor Adrian Monaghan for the piece and our best wishes to Jonny for the year ahead.
Jonny Frazer Thanks
"As most of you may know, at the end of December I am heading off to Australia for a year.
The opportunity arose to take a year sabbatical from my current job, an opportunity I will most likely not have again. I decided to take it, and will be moving to Melbourne to live with friends that have already moved out there.
I am very grateful to the club and Colin for being so understanding with my decision and when I first brought the idea up in the summer, although disappointed, he supported me and just asked me to give my best before I go.
For both the club and myself, this season has been a nightmare so far, something myself, other players and staff didn’t see happening. As a group, we have underperformed too many times and are deservedly in the position we are. I have struggled massively with injuries missing a large part of the season with a hamstring injury, and now I have picked up another injury and I am unlikely to feature again before I head off. It is incredibly frustrating as I wanted to give my best and leave with Ards in a healthy position, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to do that.
After leaving Linfield, I was sick of not playing on a Saturday and wanted to go somewhere that I could play regularly and be allowed to develop as a player. When I met with Colin and Darren they sold me on their vision of the club and I felt as if I would be happy at the club. The past 18 months I have loved being part of this team and club. Colin has gave me the opportunity to play regularly and has put a lot of faith in myself and allowing me to develop.
I’m sure I’m a frustrating player to watch as I will run from my own half, before tripping over my own feet when about to shoot. We have had some great days, probably topped by beating Linfield at Windsor. We had such a young team that night and fully deserved the win, with the King of Windsor, DeeDee McAllister scoring the winner. Beating the Glens at the Oval (twice) were also great results.
As a fan I am sure this season has been hard to watch (I should know I have watched the majority of games from the stands) but I firmly believe Colin and the boys will pull us away from where we are. To do that we need as much support as possible, I appreciate this season the football hasn’t been great which may keep fans away along with other reasons, but we need as many people through those gates every Saturday cheering the boys on.
We have a young team, the youngest (and best looking) captain in the league in Callum Byers, and there really is the opportunity to build something special. Thank you to all the fans for the support since I arrived, and sorry for dribbling the ball out for a throw in 90% of the time. Remember that belter against Warrenpoint though.