Goalkeeper Nick Liversedge has revealed he’s swapping Whitby Town for Championship Burnley.
On his Facebook profile, which has been flooded with good luck messages from Blues fans, Liversedge wrote: “Thanks everyone and thank you to everyone at Whitby Town for your support.”
The 24-year-old played 117 games for the Seasiders, his last being Saturday’s 1-0 end of season win at Stafford Rangers.
Liversedge began his career at then-League Two Darlington, before joining Whitby on loan in 2008-09, under Phil Brumwell.
He was released from the Quakers at the end of the following season, becoming a Town player permanently, under Harry Dunn, in July 2010.
The Hull-born gloveman had a short spell at Northern League Jarrow Roofing, as he struggled to see off the experienced Dave Campbell for Whitby’s number one shirt.
However, under Darren Williams, he’s gone from strength-to-strength.
Since returning in December 2011, he had a trial at League Two Crawley, last summer.
But after starring for the Clarets’ reserves, last Tuesday, in a 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers, it seems Liversedge - who will be attending Whitby’s presentation night on Saturday - is now on his way.
Blues boss Darren Williams paid tribute to Liversedge.
“Nick has grown into himself, he’s become a lot more confident this season,” he said.
“He has made some tremendous saves and kept clean sheets for us on many occasions.
“When Nick initially came to us, his confidence had previously been knocked and he needed an opportunity, some guidance and encouragement.
“He’s a quiet person and we needed him to come out of his shell, I think. He’s done that in the latter part of the season and all credit to him.
“He has all the attributes and physical presence to be a very good keeper.
“If there’s an opportunity for players to go out and progress, we are not a club who would stand in their way.
“We wish him all the best but the door is never closed.”
Blues skipper Mark Robinson was pleased for his former colleague and thinks Town can attract another quality stopper, with Dave Campbell and Dennis Wheeler’s keeper contacts.
Robbo added: “I’m absolutely delighted for him, he’s a top class keeper, works hard and I’m sure he’ll do a great job.
“The hard work starts now, but I’m confident, with Dennis and Cammy being keepers - we can find a very good replacement for Nick.”
Burnley, managed by Sean Dyche, released goalkeeper Brian ‘The Beast’ Jensen this week, then days later, saw another stopper, Lee Grant, move to rivals Derby County.
They finished 11th this season and are one of just three clubs to have won titles in all four tiers of the Football League.