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Nathan Pond to join Salford City after 15-year spell at Highbury

Club captain joins National League side on two-year deal

17 May 2018

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Fleetwood Town can confirm that club captain Nathan Pond is set to leave the club, ending a 15-year stay at Highbury.

The defender has agreed to join National League side Salford City, penning a two-year contract at the Peninsula Stadium.

Pond – who joined the club in 2003 – has gone on to make 498 appearances for the Cod Army, playing a key role in the club’s rise up the divisions from North West Counties Division One to League One.

The 33-year-old scored 51 goals in his time at the club, and was awarded a Guinness World Record for becoming the only player to play in seven different divisions for one club, following the club’s promotion to League One in 2014.

Chairman Andy Pilley said: “First of all, I would like to say it will feel really strange not to have Pondy around the club. I have been here for the best part of 15 years and he is part of the fabric of this football club.

"It is just extraordinary and for him to play that amount of games is remarkable and an incredible achievement. What is extra-special is that I don't think this will ever happen again in the history of football, for someone to play in seven different levels for a particular football club, and that what Nathan has achieved.

“It is sad news for the club as he is a big part of what we are, but it is also good news for him and his family and we have to respect that and shake hands and wish him all the best."

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