MATTHEW Price has joined Brentwood Town - just 32 days after stopping them winning promotion.

Price scored the decisive penalty in Canvey Island’s shoot-out success in the Isthmian North play-off final in late April.

But Price - who also scored for the Gulls in normal time - now wants to get back into Brentwood’s good books by making sure they also win promotion next season.

“I don’t think they will forgive me for the play-offs but it is what it is and it’s football,” said Price.

“I certainly have no hard feelings towards anyone in football and it’s just one of those things.

“Hopefully I can pay them back for what I did last year by getting them promoted next year.

“That will certainly be the aim.”

Price had originally been expecting to make the move up to the Isthmian Premier League with Canvey.

But a change in Price’s work as a plumber ultimately led to him leaving Park Lane.

“My work situation has changed and I’m covering south west and west London now,” explained Price.

“From my house it’s then 40 minutes or sometimes up to an hour to get to Canvey’s ground so it makes sense to play nearer to home.

“My work changed Tuesday and then on Friday Rod (Stringer, Brentwood manager) called me to see if I would be interested in having a chat.

“I said I’d think about it and I rang Brad (Wellmen, Canvey manager) to let him know what was going on.”

And that ultimately led to Price opting to move on.

“I’m building a house with my girlfriend and it’s four minutes 15 seconds walk away from Brentwood’s ground because I timed it yesterday when I was there!,” said Price.

“Logistically it just makes sense.

“I’m on the road at 4 to 4.30am in the morning so it was a case of getting home at 11 or 11.15pm on a Tuesday and a Thursday after training or being tucked up in bed by 9.30pm.

“It was a no brainer really.”

But Price will always remember his time at Canvey with great fondness.

“The last season has been unreal, winning promotion and I said to Brad I hope there’s no bad feeling between us because we’ve made some great memories,” said Price.

“Hopefully we can always pick the phone up to each other any time and be mates outside of football.

“Originally I had every intention of staying at Canvey but when something like this comes up you have to be selfish.”

And Price is keen to make the most of his move.

“I said to Rod when I was talking to him that if he keeps the main bulk of his side together they have proved what kind of run they can go on,” said Price.

“If he can make a couple of additions that he thinks will strengthen them I can’t see any reason why they can’t go on and go one better next year.”