DAVID Niven says Elgin City’s plans to go north persuaded him to end his seven-year spell with the club.
The Glasgow-based former club captain rejected manager Barry Wilson’s offer to sign a new deal before Saturday’s match against East Stirling.
With City winning 5-0, it looks like Niven (26) has signed off in style as he is unlikely to be fit for the team’s final match at Annan this weekend.
He said the planned geographical shift in Wilson’s squad, along with the temptation of offers closer to his Central Belt base, meant the time was right for him to move on.
“The club has always been wanting and going on about building a North-based team,” Niven said after Saturday’s match. “Barry has come in and said he wants a North team, and although he knows it will be hard to do, that’s the way it’s going.
“He said he was going to offer me a contract today and I knocked it back, so I’m sad to say that’s my last home game for the club.
“I think Barry was a bit shocked when I said I was not signing, but it was something I’d rather say to his face than do it over the phone so I waited until today to tell him.
Niven admitted this season had been his most difficult at City since joining the club from Ross County in January, 2007.
He clocked up his 200th appearance for Elgin during this term but felt injury problems which dogged him throughout the campaign, and the mid-season managerial change all affected him.
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