AFC Rushden & Diamonds can confirm that Jack Wisniewski is to leave the club in order to join Wellingborough Town. Jack made his debut in AFC Rushden & Diamonds first ever game against Thrapston Town, scoring against one of his former clubs, and having been one of the eleven players in that first game in August 2012, he will always have a special place in the Diamonds story. He went on to be a key player in the Diamonds promotion season, playing 36 games in 2012-13, scoring 15 goals including two vital goals in March 2013 that helped him win the Player-of-The-Month award.
This season he was in the first choice team for the opening of the UCL Premier Season, scoring and being chosen as the Man Of The Match against Deeping Rangers. After missing games due to other commitments, at a time that coincided with the team having a successful run, he found his opportunities for first-team football limited. He appeared in a total of 48 games for the club, including 34 league games, and is third in the club’s all-time leading goalscorer list with 17 goals.
Diamonds Manager Mark Starmer’s commented on Jack’s departure at his post-match interview at the game against Wisbech Town.
“Jack and I had a long discussion on Wednesday last week, after the Peterborough Northern Star game, and Jack told me that he wasn’t happy, and that he wanted to be playing football. I said to him that he’d played the night before, and would play on Saturday, and there would be a good chance he’d play on the Tuesday following. He told me that he wouldn’t be available for the Saturday game, and that he’d ring me the following week – so that’s how we left it. He then said he’d made his decision, and I’ll stand by that – that’s his decision, not mine. I didn’t want him to go, and I asked him not to go. Peaksy spoke to him and asked him not to go, but he’d made up his mind that he wanted to go, and had a chance to go to Wellingborough – and to be fair I’ve then done everything I can to make sure he was available play for them today. That’s not because I wanted him to go – it’s because I liked the lad. He’s been he since the start, and I could show you the text he sent me last night – and I appreciate that – and the feelings mutual and the doors always open for him. It’s disappointing, but you can’t keep everyone happy that wants to play.”