Henshaw will never forget his AFC spell

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AFTER playing his last game for the club, promising talent Ryan Henshaw has said he will always owe a debt of gratitude to AFC Sudbury.

The 17-year-old has stepped up two leagues to sign for Blue Square Bet Conference South outfit Chelmsford City following last month’s disappointment of being released from his trial with Colchester United without a contract.

But the Thurstable Sports College Student, who broke into the first team at AFC after signing from Witham Town Reserves towards the end of last season, says he has a lot to thank Nicky Smith and the club for.

“Obviously it was hard to leave Sudbury but I have to do it to progress,” he said.

“Nicky just said ‘good luck’ to me, he is quite understandable.

“It is a big step up, but I have to go there and take the risk if I want to go further.

“I owe a lot to Sudbury, but there comes a point in every career when you have to give these things a go.”

Henshaw, a tenacious midfielder, came off the bench for fifth-placed Chelmsford on Tuesday night to make his City debut during the Essex outfit’s 1-1 draw at Dorchester Town.

He has initially been taken on a non-contract basis.