Goalkeeper Matt Ingram has penned this letter to staff, players and fans of Wycombe Wanderers following his move to Queens Park Rangers.It’s been a few days since the news was announced that I was leaving my hometown club to move to Queens Park Rangers, and I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone at Wycombe Wanderers for the massive part they have played in my career so far.
My family and I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from fans, players and staff and I leave with only happy memories from the club that I supported as a boy and was immensely proud to represent on 140 occasions in the first team.
It was my childhood dream to play for Wycombe Wanderers and that was fulfilled in March 2013 when Gareth Ainsworth gave me my first chance in the team. I will always be hugely grateful to him, to Richard Dobson and to Martin Brennan, Lee Harrison and Barry Richardson, each of whom helped me massively throughout my development.
The two-and-a-half years since then have been a real rollercoaster but an amazing learning curve, and I was proud to play my part in the side that avoided relegation and then achieved the club’s best ever points total in a Football League season.
I’ve made some friends for life from my days in the youth team and in the first team, and want to thank all my team-mates who made it such a pleasure to play alongside – particularly those defenders who made my job look easy at times by protecting me so well!
The Wycombe fans have been unbelievable in their support of me throughout my time at the club and it was an honour to hear them sing my name as “one of their own” each and every time I played in front of them.
I’m massively excited about the opportunity to test myself at a higher level with Queens Park Rangers and have been hugely impressed by everything I’ve encountered so far.
But I’ll never forget my time at Adams Park and wish everybody every success for the rest of the season and beyond.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Click here to view a photo gallery of his time at the club.