So Herita Ilunga has left the club.
And with him our link to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Not to be confused with the neighbouring Republic of the Congo. It`s an easy mistake to make.
Ilunga played 73 times for the club. And its fair to say that the earlier appearances were a little easier on the eye than the later offerings. Personally i liked the fella. Then again I had time for `Chicken George` and dare I say it – Andy Impey.
So what will we remember of Mr Ilunga?
The fact that his surname would attract seven points in a game of Scrabble? (interestingly his christian name attracts nine points even with a `t`, though the surname is helped with a four point input from the letter `h`). Perhaps not.
The fact that he was the first Congolese player to have worn the claret and blue? Having had players from Senegal, Hong Kong & Dundee this didn`t impress.
The fella`s age? Officially he was born on 10/05/77 thus making him 34. However rumours suggested that there may have been another 10 years to be added to that figure and recent performances would not have done much to quash the rumours.
All in all he was a decent player who promised much when he arrived at the club but who didn’t reach the high`s we expected of him, and I would suggest that in years to come he will be a player remembered only when tagged onto a Twitter Follow-Friday reply.
So farewell llunga. In your absence I shall raise a toast to you and DR Congo (that’s 13 points in a game of Scrabble if your interested).