The Atlanta Silverbacks announced earlier today that experienced defender, Paul Black, was off to the Carolina RailHawks after just one season with the club. Black started 29 games this season, had the second most minutes played on the team, and tallied 2 assists. The Silverbacks were the first American club in the 25 year old's career after going through Manchester City's youth system and playing for numerous clubs in League One and Two in England.
What a year in Atlanta for @paul_black3! Best of luck on your next chapter with @RailHawksFC. pic.twitter.com/0OAQMQx3c7— Atlanta Silverbacks (@ATLSilverbacks) January 6, 2016
Black's departure does not spell promising for the club, being the second key player the club have let go in the past two months. The club have not yet confirmed what their future will be but it does not spell promising that they are offloading some of their best players.
President and General Manager, Andy Smith, has not provided an update on the club's ownership status since early last month.
Conversations with prospective owners are still ongoing. Out of respect to the process, not much more can be said unfortunately.— Andy Smith (@AndySmith011) December 9, 2015
I'm just speculating at this point, but unfortunately I would not put money on the Atlanta Silverbacks being active for NASL's spring season. We wish Paul all the best with his newest venture with Carolina RailHawks FC.