Zimbabwe youngster based in England Kundai Benyu has bad farewell after his loan spell ended at Aldershot.
Aldershot lost 5-2 on aggregate against Tranmere Rovers in the promotional playoffs and missed a chance to play in the finals at Wembley.
Benyu did not feature in the 2nd leg show over the weekend which ended as a 2-2 draw after picking up an injury in which The Shots were masacred 3-0.
Benyu and his loan side Aldershot had an evening to forget as the 19-year-old midfielder was forced off injured during the second half of a 3-0 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers in the first leg of their Vanarama National League play-off semi-final.
The Shots were already two goals behind – the second a howler from keeper Jake Cole – before Benyu hurt a knee when making a sliding challenge. Having briefly continued following treatment, the academy product was eventually replaced in the 63rd minute.
Aldershot, who finished fifth in the National League, 13 points behind second-placed Rovers, went away to draw 2-2 with Benyu on the sidelines in the second leg.
The central midfield player has enjoyed a hugely successful spell with the Shots, scoring five goals in 22 starts and one sub appearance since joining them in December.
Blues boss McCarthy has said the club will be taking up a one-year option on Benyu’s current contract, which was otherwise set to end this summer, and offering the midfielder a new longer-term deal.
Camden-born Benyu, who also qualifies to play for Zimbabwe, is yet to make his senior debut for his parent club Ipswich Town but has been on the first-team bench on four occasions.
Benyu Tweeted his goodbyes thanking the fans and the staff at Aldershot for his successful stay.
“My time at @OfficialShots has come to an end I’ve loved every minute of being here and I’m grateful for everything they’ve done for me.
“From the fans, the staff and the players. I wish you the best of luck in the future and hopefully promotion in the near future!”, he tweeted.