Bernard is back ... but McNamara goes

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IT will be all change at Scarborough Athletic this weekend, with Curtis Bernard returning to the club and Nick McNamara leaving.

Bernard, who was top-scorer when he left for Bradford Park Avenue before Christmas, has made the switch back to Queensgate, while McNamara is departing for Australia on Thursday.

Boss Rudy Funk said: “I am delighted to have Curtis back at the club.

“I have a quality that allows me to keep players happy even when they are not at our club, and Curtis has told me that he is eager to continue where he left off.

“He is a great lad, who tried his luck elsewhere, which is fair enough.

“He has made it clear to us that he isn’t just here until the end of the season, but he wants to stay for the long-term future.

“Don’t put it past me to play three up front against Nostell at the weekend. Curtis, Ryan Blott and Adam Lee are all proven goalscorers and the fans want to see exactly that - players putting the ball in the back of the net.”

Rudy was a little less pleased by the departure of McNamara.

He added: “Nick text me and told me that he was going to Australia later this week.

“I was always told to do things face to face, maybe I’ll have to polish up on the modern world.

“Nick has been a great servant to the club and we wish him all the best in his new adventure.”

It has been a busy week for Funk, who has also had seven-day notices in for both striker Lee and midfielder Joe Naylor.

Funk continued: “Carlton Town have come in for Joe and North Ferriby for Adam, which shows that they are doing something right.

“My conversation with Joe lasted 15 seconds because he asked me if I need an answer to the question.

“Adam has also told me that he is here to stay, which is exactly what I hope will happen.”