PAUL FOOT: Losing Chris is a massive blow to us all at Boro

Boro joint-boss Paul Foot's column
Boro joint-boss Paul Foot's column
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Everyone at the club wishes Chris Bolder all the best in his recovery from the horror injury he suffered on Saturday.

It came as a hammer blow to me when I heard as I wasn’t at the game and just wanted to be there for a guy I have known for many years through playing with him for North Ferriby.

Chris is one of my best mates in football and I am totally devastated that this has happened to him, not just from a personal level, but from a footballing perspective.

Everyone has upped their game since me and Bryan Hughes took over, but Chris has done so more than anyone else in the squad.

He has upped his game 100 per cent since we took over and his form improved dramatically.

I have to say that Chris doesn’t always get the credit he deserves.

I’ve heard one or two things about him from some of the fans and he doesn’t get credit for doing the dirty work the flair players don’t necessarily do.

He breaks up play brilliantly and leads from the front and his work-ethic, professionalism, drive and leadership will be missed in the dressing room and on the field for the rest of the season.

Chris is always, always welcome in a team that I am involved with or managing and hopefully we will see him back in a Boro shirt next season.

I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn when I say Chris will have ruled this season out in his own mind and fingers crossed we will get some positive results back from the scan he had.

We did receive some more positive news later in the week when we managed to get Joe Cracknell back on loan from Hull City.

Losing Jason White is a big blow, but it is a decision that everyone at the club expected.

He lives on their doorstep and is, of course, good friends with Rudy Funk.

Credit has to go to Bryan, who hasn’t been off the phone this week trying to push through the Cracknell deal.

It’s a great signing for us and one I’m delighted with.

He knows the club, the fans and players know him and he is a very talented keeper.

I think we need to push on a bring in a few more fresh faces in the coming weeks leading upto Christmas.

Judging by the Pickering game, I think we need one or two leaders out there.