Scott Quigley has swapped the green and white shirt of TNS for Blackpool’s tangerine, as he completes a transfer window move to the Lancashire seaside club.
The deal is worth £50,000 plus sell-on fees, which is a record for the Welsh champions, with Chairman, Mike Harris, commenting, “This is another landmark for The New Saints, as our players are attracting the attention of higher English league clubs and prepared to put fair value in today’s transfer market.”
“It is a great testimony to our Academy and first-team manager that we have developed a player with this talent.”
Having come through the ranks at Park Hall, it is with some sadness that we see Quigs – as he is affectionately known – move on. On the other hand it’s a positive example of the successful TNS Academy / Scholarship system that has produced many excellent players over the years.
Since winning the Young Player Of The Year Award in 2014/2015, the Shrewsbury-born forward has gone from strength to strength. Competing and establishing in a team that has included the likes of Greg Draper and Mike Wilde is no mean feat.
Quigley leaves Park Hall having won all three major Welsh domestic trophies, plus having played – and scored in – Champions League games.
This season, his wonder-goal at Park Hall, against Europa FC, will be forever remembered by Saints’ fans. His contributions in the return-leg in Portugal ensured that TNS progressed into the next round.
TNS manager, Scott Ruscoe, expressed his personal delight at the move, “I’m really pleased for Scott to get the chance at a League One club.”
Then, in reference to his time at Park Hall, he added, “He’s been with us for 8 years and has developed from our scholarship programme into a very good attacking player.”
“With his pace and ability to strike the ball so well with either foot, he was always going to get an opportunity. We wish him well with Blackpool and success in the future”
TNS’ Chief Operating Officer, Ian Williams, commented, “On behalf of everyone at the club we wish Scott all the very best for the future. He has great talent and no doubt he will be a real asset to Blackpool in the EFL.”
All the best Scott, from everyone at The New Saints. The lead photo was taken by Brian Jones at the recent behind-closed-doors friendly at Leicester City.