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Junior Mondal agrees deal to sign for Forest Green Rovers

Whitby Town striker Junior Mondal will join League Two club Forest Green Rovers, at the start of the January 2019 transfer window.

The deal will see the striker join the Nailsworth-based club for an undisclosed fee on January 1.

As part of the deal, Mondal will not feature for Whitby Town until that date, meaning he has played his last game for the club.

The striker joins a long list of players that have gone on to join Football League clubs either directly from the Blues, such as Jamie Burt and Nick Liversedge, or joined professional clubs after spells at the Turnbull Ground, such as Neal Bishop and Jordan Hugill, among a number of others.

Since joining in November 2017, Mondal has made 48 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals.

He is currently the club’s top goalscorer for 2018/19 season, after netting eight goals in 23 outings.

Talking about his move, Mondal said: “I’m delighted to be getting back to the Football League, it’s something I’ve worked hard to achieve.

“I’ve learned a lot in my time at Whitby Town, and they’ve been great in helping me move from under-23s football into the men’s game.

“Making the move to Whitby has been good for me as it’s taught me a lot. It’s taught me more about the physicality of the game, and given me a good platform to develop my game.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the club for their support over my year here, everyone has been excellent with me.

“I’d like to thank Chris (Hardy) and Lee (Bullock) too for teaching me everything that they have. I really appreciate the input and experience they’ve given me.”

Blues manager Chris Hardy expressed his happiness for the young striker, saying: “I’m delighted that Junior has got what he has been working so hard towards.“It’s always been his focus to get back into the professional game and I knew that Whitby would give him the perfect platform to do so, and in turn that we would benefit from having a player of his quality.

“This season has seen Junior play as an out and out number nine, which I believe showcases his attributes and at times makes him unplayable with his pace & eye for goal.

“These traits are exactly what professional clubs are looking for and I suppose this is why he’s had so much attention.

“All of us at Whitby Town wish Junior every success at his new club.”

Whitby Town Football Club would like to thank Junior for his services to the club, and wish him all the very best in the future, as he looks to continue his upward progression within the game.