League Two side Bristol Rovers have announced defender Jack Baldwin’s contract at the Memorial Stadium has been terminated, ending his 13-month stay in south-west England.
Baldwin first arrived at the club last July on a free transfer from Salford City, signing a two-year contract at the club and making 38 appearances last term in League One despite not being able to save the Gas from the drop.
He was a regular for Joey Barton once again this term, playing a part in three of their first four League Two matches of the season and appearing in their 2-0 home loss to Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup earlier this month.
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However, they have lost three of their opening four league fixtures and are currently battling at the bottom end of the fourth tier, a continuation of their poor form after conceding 70 goals in 46 league games last term.
As per the tweet sent out from Bristol Rovers’ official Twitter account confirming his departure, his contract has been terminated to allow the 28-year-old to “allowing him to pursue opportunities elsewhere”.
Barton’s side have recruited Mark Hughes on a free transfer and Connor Taylor on loan from Stoke City as centre-back reinforcements this summer, with Baldwin following Max Ehmer as another high-profile departure in defence.
And considering the Bristol Rovers manager has taken charge of the club’s recruitment drive in recent months, this latest action is likely to be his decision.
After this announcement, we take a look at how some supporters of the League Two side have reacted to it on Twitter.
Good decision for everybody this. Always had a game deciding mistake in him, wish him well but not sad to see him go in the slightest https://t.co/SGA6iakr0k
— Thatchers End Gas (@thatchersend) August 25, 2021
Delighted with this one. Sorry it didn’t work out for him but he’s been poor for some time and Saturday was the summation of that. https://t.co/LA812vnjs0
— Nick White (@NickoWhite98) August 25, 2021
— Mark McBurney (@markmcburney) August 25, 2021
That currently resolves the Baldwin/Harries situation, time to bin off another five or six players https://t.co/IlgEx1ZCxk
— 𝓡𝔂𝓪𝓷𝓷 𝓜𝓲𝓰𝓷𝓪𝓷𝓸 (@Ryann_BRFC_95) August 25, 2021
Odd that we’re starting players then telling them they can leave just days later. Why didn’t Kilgour start against Exeter? https://t.co/b33jBXqGry
— Bristol Rovers Memes (@BRFC_Memes) August 25, 2021
Announce someone who can defend https://t.co/bg86cQfQdp
— Danny (Mage) (@Roynon7) August 25, 2021
All the best to him. Was a decent defender but always had a mistake in him everytime he played. Thought he would've been a good player at l2
— Jake (@JakeB2021) August 25, 2021
Came across as ‘too nice’ IMO. That probably showed in his performance. Countless times last season where he was out muscled off the ball and he’s meant to be a CB?! All the best Jack.
— Polska Gas 🇵🇱 (@Gas53408954) August 25, 2021