Wes Thomas has left Meadow Lane after one-and-a-half seasons (image: Michael Callander)

By Lewis Brumby

A number of League Two clubs are interested in signing striker Wes Thomas after his contract was terminated yesterday.

The 34-year-old’s departure from Meadow Lane was announced yesterday, with the club “reluctantly accepting” his request to leave by mutual consent.

A club statement by Notts County read: “We have this afternoon reluctantly accepted Wes Thomas’ request to terminate his contract.

“The forward cited family reasons behind his decision and departs with our best wishes for the future.”

Thomas was a regular feature of Neal Ardley’s side last season, scoring 10 goals and leading them to the play-off final, which they lost 3-1 to Harrogate Town.

However, he has been absent from training with the first team squad in recent weeks amid personal Coronavirus concerns and has not played for Notts County since a 1-0 defeat to Aldershot in November.

To fill the void up front, the Magpies signed Stevenage striker Inih Effiong on loan until the end of the season.

Despite only playing four times this season, he has reportedly caught the eye of many league sides, with his preferred destination being a club he has previously played for.

League Two strugglers Grimsby Town are reportedly the frontrunners to secure his signature, with Bradford City and Crawley Town also interested.

Thomas joined Notts County from Grimsby in 2019, leaving the Mariners as their top scorer in a season of struggle as they scraped survival.

Grimsby manager Paul Hurst has made it clear that he intends to be busy in the January transfer window and bolstering the attacking options is a priority as he looks to save them from relegation.