MAGNO Vieira believes Fleetwood Town can win yet another promotion when they become a Football League club next season ... but the striker regrets he won’t be part of the club’s League Two campaign.
The Brazilian was one of nine players released by the club this week.
His departure came as no surprise after Town’s Conference rivals Forest Green had confirmed the previous week that they were set to sign the striker.
It means that unlike some other Town team-mates who have not been offered new deals, Vieira does not face an anxious summer searching for a new club.
Yet the 27-year-old is saddened at leaving Highbury after two years, even though he is looking forward to the next chapter of his career down in Gloucestershire.
Vieira told The Gazette: “I’m sad to leave but at the same time pleased to have found myself another club with a lot of ambition.
“Obviously I would have liked to have played in the Football League with Fleetwood, but it’s not to be.”
However, he feels that the club is well placed to take the next level by storm. Vieira added: “I think Fleetwood will do very well in the League and they have a great chance of promotion.
“They already have a great squad and with a few additions I’m sure they can aim for the play-offs, and I see no reason why they can’t go up to League One.”
Vieira had a sensational first season at Town following his move from Ebbsfleet, finishing as top scorer with 22 league goals, though he struggled to command a place in the season this term.
He explained: “My first season was great because I don’t think any of the other teams in this league really knew anything about Fleetwood and we shocked some teams.
“We laid the platform for the club to attract better players this season.
“I’d have liked to play more games, but after my hamstring injury in September I missed the whole of October, and that’s when the winning run started.
“I still managed to play some games and scored some important goals (eight in all), so I played my part but the boys in the team were scoring loads of goals and full credit to them.”
Vieira’s final days at the club were soured slightly when Forest Gate jumped the gun in confirming his imminent signing, a ‘leak’ which angered Town boss Micky Mellon in the build-up to the final match of the season against Luton.
But Vieira himself could do nothing about that and he leaves Highbury on the best of terms.
He said: “I was brought to Fleetwood with the aim of helping them to get into the League, and I’m glad that I can say I did that.”