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Michael Flynn upset but not bitter at Bradford City exit
The former City skipper left the club at the end of last week after three years.
Flynn, who made 104 appearances and scored 14 goals, revealed it was a huge wrench to walk away.
He said: “Bradford City meant a lot to me. It wasn’t just a football club.
“I’ve had chances to move before and go up the league on more money but I decided not to because I was so fond of the place.
“I wanted to be part of getting City promoted. That’s why I stayed. I would have ended my career there if I could. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
Bradford City meant a lot to me. It wasn’t just a football clubMichael Flynn
“I’m really disappointed to have left but I understand how football works. There’s no bitterness at all.”
Flynn was a regular in the City side for the first half of the season until he suffered a serious stomach illness.
He spent Christmas in hospital and missed the next two months, struggling to win back his place afterwards.
“It didn’t mean I suddenly became a bad player but obviously it really put me back,” he said.
“I remember the Southend away game just before. It was a really hard night but Ricky (Ravenhill) and I were fitter than their midfield.
“I thought to myself afterwards ‘I’m feeling really strong now and back to my best’. I was ready to kick on but then four days later I ended up on my death bed with that illness.
“It was one of those freak things but nothing goes to plan in my life.”
Flynn also paid tribute to the City supporters.
“The fans were absolutely outstanding to me and I can’t thank them enough,” he said.
“You get one or two boos from time to time but they’ve had so much doom and gloom to put up with. They are entitled to be frustrated at times and I fully understand.
“They’ve got to realise they are a massive part of that club. Bradford City are nothing without them.”
Linked with Bristol Rovers last summer, Flynn is confident of finding a new club.
The Welshman said: “There are a few irons in the fire. I’ve put a few feelers out but I’m not expecting anything to happen this month – nobody wants to be paying my May wages.
“I just want to get a clear head and assess what’s out there. There are so many players knocking about but you look at the list and a lot of them are inexperienced.
“I’ve got over 350 games under my belt and have faith in my ability. I’m 31 now and there will be someone out there looking for an experienced midfielder.”