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Vassell: 'I'm leaving for Peterborough United, but the Blues can still finish top of the Skrill South'

By Herts & Essex Observer  |  Posted: November 10, 2013

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KYLE Vassell admits that he is looking forward to life at Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United, but firmly believes Bishop's Stortford can still win the league without him.

The 21-year-old has made a massive impact at the Blues this season, with 16 goals in 16 games.

Clubs from the Premier League, Championship and lower have all been keeping tabs on him, but it is Peterborough who have won the race to sign him, with the deal expected to be announced in the next 48 hours.

It was not a bad way to sign off his Blues' career with a massive FA Cup clash against Northampton Town in front of the ITV viewers.

Vassell impressed in patches, and showed what he will be capable of in league football with one powerful driving run into the box before he shot just wide.

However, a dead leg after an hour brought his Stortford time to a close slightly prematurely.

“It wasn’t a bad game to go out on," he told the Observer. "It could have gone a bit better. I’ve ended up with a dead leg, but I can’t fault it at all.”

On his impending big move, he added: "I’m looking forward to a new challenge. You get chances in life and you have to take them. I’d be silly not to.

"I’m disappointed I’m leaving, but at the same time it’s a new chapter in my life. I need to try myself at a higher level and see what I can do and try to enjoy it as much as I have here.

“Peterborough’s track record of dealing with non-league players, strikers in particular, is second to none. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great level for me to play at and a great opportunity, but I don’t see myself finishing there.

“So going to a great club like that with a track record of moving players on as well, it’s ideal for someone like me. There’s a good manager there, it’s a good club with good fans and it’s not a million miles away, so I’m not too far from my family and friends, which is important."

The move to Peterborough will inevitably draw more comparisons with ex-Blues striker Dwight Gayle, now in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, as he moved to the Posh after a loan spell at Stortford from Dagenham & Redbridge.

Gayle was on hand at the ProKit UK Stadium to hand over the Skrill South Player of the Month award for October to the Blues man.

Vassell has said he's not keen on the comparisons between the two attackers in the past, saying they are different players, but has begun to change his thoughts.

"I don’t mind the comparison with Dwight Gayle. I saw him today and he’s a good lad," he explained. "As I said it’s not necessarily the club, it’s more about me and my career and where I see myself going. It’s a great opportunity to me and I’ve got to take it with both hands and see where I come out the other end.

“I’ll just go there and work hard. If the manager puts me in, he puts me in, I’ve got to deal with that. I’m not going there making a plan of what I want to do by a certain stage. I’ll just go work hard and see what happens.”

Bishop's Stortford didn't get anything from Gayle's move to United as he was only on loan, other than his 42 goals, but with Vassell they will feel the financial benefits as he's under contract at the Blues.

“The club will benefit financially from me going, which is another big point about where I went and what I did, was that the club was happy too," said the striker.

"I’m just over the moon that I’m leaving here and everyone’s happy with what’s happening and everyone will hopefully benefit from it as well. That was key for me.”

Vassell is confident Stortford will continue their march onwards and upwards in the Skrill South this season after his departure.

"Bishop’s Stortford can win the league, 100 percent they can do that," he revealed. "George Sykes will come in now and Kyle Asante too. You haven’t really seen what he can do, but he’s got great ability as well, deadly pace and if they can utilise someone like him or George, with what he can do, then they’ll keep winning.

“I spoke to the boys. I’m gutted to leave, but they’re all buzzing for me. It’s football, it happens and you just have to get on with it."

On his final game, he felt it could have easily gone Stortford's way and he paid tribute to the fans he's leaving behind.

"I thought we started well. We were under pressure early on, but if we nicked a goal in the first half it would have been a different game. It’s disappointing. I think we could have won it today," said the hitman.

“I thought we weren’t necessarily the better team, but we changed our game and didn’t create as many chances as we could have. That’s football though, you learn and move on to the next game.”

“They needed a wonder goal. If they hadn’t have scored that and in the fashion they did, it would have been a different result.

“I’m gutted to have had to come off with a dead leg. It’s a day you dream of. I’ve been thinking of this since the Forest Green game.

"I turned a guy on the halfway line and he came straight into my side. Adrenalin got me through the first five minutes, but then I just started slipping out of it.”

“The fans were brilliant today and it was a great occasion for them. They dealt with it all really well, giving us a standing ovation at the end of the game. They’re great fans down here. It’s a shame they couldn’t get more of them down here on a regular basis.

“I understand it’s a big day and everyone wants to get involved. So it’s a credit to them.”

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