Scarborough Athletic winger Jimmy Ghaichem has said that the offer of a two-and-a-half contract from AFC Mansfield was just too good to turn down.
Ghaichem’s second spell at Boro came to an end on Saturday when Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot’s men bagged a 3-2 Evo-Stik North win on the road at Burscough.
He spoke to Mansfield’s former Boro boss Rudy Funk on Sunday and that meeting produced an offer that he just couldn’t refuse.
“I met Rudy and he offered me a two-and-a-half-year contract, which I just couldn’t turn down,” said Ghaichem.
“It isn’t about money, it’s just security. I’m 30 now, so I have to think about my family. If I get injured or another player comes in then I won’t be getting in the team.
“I didn’t want to leave, it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make.”
Ghaichem, who is dropping two levels to join Mansfield, is still confident that Boro will be in the play-offs at the end of the season.
“I absolutely loved my time at Scarborough Athletic. Since Paul (Foot) and Bryan (Hughes) came in I have played just about every game. I don’t think you can get a better management duo than those two.
“There are some top players there and I’m confident that they’ll get in the play-offs at the end of the season.
“I’ve played in the Evo-Stik Premier and I think that Scarborough team would do well in there, they’d be in the top 10 at least.
“The Evo-Stik North is a hard league with teams like Darlington and Northwich, but it would be great to see the faces of the fans if they do manage to go up.
“I’ll be following their results every week and hoping that they do.”