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Finley leaves the Reds by mutual consent

Midfielder parts company with the club with the best wishes of everyone at #asfc

16 September 2020

Midfielder Sam Finley has parted company with Accrington Stanley by mutual consent.

The 28-year-old joined the Reds from non-league Fylde in 2018 and has one year left to run on his contract.

He is currently sitting out a 10 game ban – an eight game suspension awarded in April following a breach of FA Rule E3 and two for accumulating 10 bookings last season.

Finley was a regular in the centre of the park for the Reds, scoring three goals in each of his two seasons at the club.

Manager John Coleman said: “Sam leaves with our best wishes, it was amicable, we both wished each other the best. I thank Sam for everything he has done for the club, he has worked hard since he has been here.

“The harsh reality is Sam is frustrated at the suspension and the fact he has been out for a long time with the pandemic and Sam feels he is better off having a fresh start and if that’s away from Accrington then so be it.

“He is in a position where he can find another club now, its prior to the window shutting, and it gives him the best opportunity to hit the ground running when his ban is up.

“That’s what Sam feels is best for him and we have accepted that and he leaves on great terms. I hope he goes on to be successful wherever he goes.”

Sam said: “I am grateful for everything the gaffer and the management team have done for me, bringing me to the club and giving me the chance to play league football.

“It’s a great club, run by an owner who has the club at heart, and the fans were brilliant the whole time I was there.”

Everyone at Stanley wishes Sam all the best.


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