After finding out that Barnsley were interested in him during talks with new manager Gary Mills on Monday, Stallard decided he “couldn’t be a financial burden on the club,” with him being one of the club's top earners.
Stallard spoke highly of the club and the people at it by saying, “There isn’t a bad person at Notts County. I wish the club success and I definitely wish that they stay up. After all, you don’t spend five years at a club and not have any feelings for them.”
He spoke most prominently of the fans. “I have had a really good rapport with the crowd and I will miss them.”
By his own admission he admitted that his poor goal scoring form over the last 2/3 months, having last scored at Chelsea in October, had to be his lowlight of his time at County.
As Stallard said he was “sad to leaving Notts but happy at moving to Barnsley,” he gave his best wishes to the club, fans and former team mates, stating that “he hoped that Notts County Football Club can pick itself up and go forward.”
And when he spoke of his upcoming return to Meadow Lane with Barnsley, he said: “hopefully the reaction from the fans won’t be too bad, as it was a pity I didn’t get chance to say goodbye to the fans and they have been brilliant to me.”
We, here at NCM would like to wish Mark every success at Barnsley and look forward to welcoming him back to Meadow Lane when Notts take on Barnsley on January 31st.
And just to pay tribute to the great man, our resident bannerman, Anders Storm, has made one especially. That one's for you, Stall!