Ian Henderson’s shock statement, which published on Saturday lunchtime, has fans lashing out at his now former club Rochdale.
It was on Friday that Rochdale released eight players, including their second highest scorer of all-time, Henderson.
He scored 16 goals for the Greater Manchester side during the 2019-20 season, and since joining in July 2013, the 35-year-old striker has scored 126 goals.
He took to his Facebook account to give his thoughts on being axed, which he found out online.
Hendo said: “To find out my 7 1/2 year association with AFC Rochdale was coming to an end via social media was a shock to say the least.
“I only received an email yesterday morning confirming that the offer the club had previously made to extend my contract was being retracted and I was therefore being released.
“I am not just shocked but unbelievably upset and disappointed to have found this out in this manner.
“It was always my intention to try and stay at Rochdale and make it to my testimonial year and try and become the all time top scorer of the football club.
“I had been in negotiations with the football club, for some time, regarding an extension prior to the covid-19 pandemic but if I am honest the lines of communication were extremely inconsistent to say the least.
“I was not trying to ask for more money than what the club was offering and we ended up at a stand-off over some minor details. The negotiations became protracted and it became clear I was not being told the full truth.
“I would have thought with all that I have given to this football club over those 7 1/2 years would have meant I would have been treated with a level of respect, the same level of respect I have always shown them.
“Anyway, unfortunately I will now be leaving a football club, so dear to mine and my family’s heart, but not in the way I had dreamed and envisioned it ending.
“Finally I would like to thank the incredible supporters who I have always had such a special relationship and affinity with and I hope I have brought some happiness and joy to you throughout my time with the football club.
“I can leave knowing I left all that I could give out there on the football pitch and with my head held high.
“I am big enough to take things on the chin and one thing this current pandemic has shown us all is life is too short and precious and therefore I will not hold a grudge. Up the Dale.”
As mentioned, Ian Henderson’s shock statement has fans lashing out at Rochdale…
@officiallydale you’ve got some explaining to do in regards to Ian Henderson’s comments
— Thomas Culshaw (@ThomasCulshaw2) June 20, 2020