Andy Sandell eyes non-league happiness after Wycombe exit

Andy Sandell
Sandell scored seven goals in 50 appearances for Wycombe

Left-back Andy Sandell has revealed he quit Wycombe Wanderers to join non-league Chippenham in order to rediscover his love of football.

The 28-year-old left the League One side last week despite having a year left to run on his contract.

"Wycombe are a very good club. Players should be privileged to be playing there because they look after you so well," he told BBC Wiltshire.

"But there's a time where you're not happy so you've got to move on."

Sandell confident of Football League return

Wiltshire-born Sandell joined the Chairboys in the summer of 2010 and was part of their promotion-winning team last season.

But he lost his place in Gary Waddock's side following a brief injury lay-off and after a short loan spell at Forest Green, Sandell opted to terminate his contract.

"I went in to see the gaffer and I told him I wasn't enjoying it," he continued.

"He said 'come back to me in a couple of weeks and see if you are enjoying it more, I'll tweak things' - which he did.

"But I went back in and said I still wasn't enjoying it and he gave me three options: to stay, go on loan or we pay you up.

"I went to Forest Green and things didn't work out, so I was really only left with one option.

"The gaffer brought a left-back in [Grant Basey], so even when I got fit I struggled to get back in. And if I'm not playing, I'm not a very nice person so it was just best that I left."

Sandell will now play part-time in the Southern League until January, when he hopes to move back up into the Football League.

"The phone's been ringing already," he said. "The clubs I've spoken to have been in the league and that's exactly where I want to be again.

"I've had different offers from other non-league clubs who have offered decent money but I'm not interested in the money.

"It's not going to come as a complete shock. You might say going from playing away at Sheffield United to playing at Redditch is different but then again I've played lower.

"My best mate [striker Alan Griffin] is here so it's a bit of a draw to just come here and play football really.

"Some people think it's a big risk but I've got belief in my ability and my record in the league doesn't lie. Hopefully a club will come knocking on the door in January."

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