CARL Baker has labelled the Sky Blues fans as ‘the best in the country’ after bringing his four-year spell with the League One club to an end this week.
Midfielder Baker was a firm fan’s favourite throughout his time with the Sky Blues, particularly after being made captain by former manager Mark Robins.
But the 31-year-old former skipper found himself surplus to requirements this season under Steven Pressley and he agreed to have his contract terminated by mutal consent on Monday night.
“The past four years have flew by for me and can honestly say I have loved every minute of it.” said Baker on his official Facebook page.
“That’s mainly down to the best fans in the country the amount of support and good luck messages I’ve had is overwhelming and very much appreciated thank you all so much for making my time here so special for me and my family.
“This is a great club full of great people who do unbelievable work and are unsung heroes behind the scenes.
“One of the proudest moments in my life was to wear the armband against arsenal away in front of so many fans.
“To captain a club of this size from were I have come from fighting since the age of 16 to survive having nothing and earning £50 a week for years with a young child is amazing for me.
“I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about anyone at the club I have met and made some great friends who I’ll hopefully always keep in touch with.”
Baker is now preparing for a new chapter in his life and although he admits it was a difficult decision to leave the Sky Blues, he was pleased to them back at the Ricoh for the match against Gillingham this Friday.
He added: “Obviously my first choice option was to stay and fight for my position.
“But it was made very clear that I wasn’t going to play and anyone who knows me will know that sitting in the stands all season is not an option for me.
“Career wise it would be the right decision for me and my family to move on and start a new chapter and challenge in my life which I’m excited about.
“I’d like to wish everyone at the club, staff, players and fans all the very best.
“I’m so happy the club is back home to the Ricoh finally and I hope this can be the driving force to get fans back on board and help the team get back to wear they belong PUSB.”