Asked why he felt Jolly deserved another chance, Thompson said: "Some of the fellas on this team came to me and spoke to me about how much they would like to have him back as a teammate.

"I think all the coaching staff and the personnel people like him. And like I say, it's not for me to judge. I'm not going to say things were the right way or the wrong way when he wasn't here, but I will say that he had a lot of admirers here and he's a good football player."