Roma sad to leave Boro

Dom Roma celebrates a Boro success with Jacob Hazel
Dom Roma celebrates a Boro success with Jacob Hazel

Logistical issues have forced defender Dom Roma to leave Scarborough Athletic, but he hasn't ruled out returning to the club in the future.

The 31-year-old played a huge part in Boro's outstanding finish to the Evo-Stik North season after arriving from Gainsborough Trinity.

But Roma has since taken redundancy from his job in education and he is keen to play football much closer to his home on the southern side of Sheffield.

He said: "It is mainly down to my work situation. I've had to take redundancy, so I need to be playing nearer to Sheffield.

"If my job had been sorted I'd have stayed, but with things up in the air I had to make the tough decision.

"I also have two little lads, aged two and seven months. When you are travelling around two-and-a-half hours for a home game, it can take its toll.

"I really enjoyed it at the end of last season, but sometimes you have to think about the practicalities of things."

Having left Boro, Roma has signed for an unnamed Evo-Stik South club because he didn't want to play against his former employers next season.

"I have decided to play in the Evo-Stik South. I had a few offers from Evo-Stik North clubs, but it would have been weird to play against the lads," Roma said.

"The gaffer (Steve Kittrick) was great about it, he really understood my situation. I'm had a few managers in that past that have got a bit awkward with things, but the gaffer was spot on."

Roma will be watching the situation at Boro from afar and he is expecting them to really push on over the next few seasons.

He added: "I've said before that the fans are some of the best I've ever seen. The away support is amazing and the noise they make at home is ridiculous.

"I won't be surprised to see the club pushing through the divisions over the next few seasons.

"It just needs the town to really get behind the club, get bums on seats and buy into what is going on down there.

"Personally, if things change then I'd obviously love to come back to Scarborough in a year or so because I really enjoyed my time there."