Whitby Town bid farewell to giant defender Richard Pell this week.
The 6ft 5” centre-half departed the Turnbull Ground after three seasons at the club, re-joining Evo-Stik Premier Division rivals Blyth Spartans for a third spell.
“Richard Pell is a great guy, a man with a lot of integrity and a very experienced player, so it’s a shame he’s gone,” manager Chris Hardy said.
“Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to commit to training twice a week, which is a requirement for all of our players.
“He works away Monday to Friday, which means he wasn’t available to train or play in midweek last season, but we were happy to let that run until the end of the campaign.
“We’ve had a lengthy chat in the close season however, and both decided it was for the best if he moved on.”
Hardy was full of praise for Pell, who made 89 appearances and scored seven goals in a blue shirt.
“He was a pleasure to work with, a respected character in the dressing room and a player who offered us something different due to his size,” Hardy added.
“Pell is a top bloke, and I know he’s sad to be leaving as he enjoyed his time here.
“However, we have ground rules as regards training because it’s where we do all of our fitness and tactical work.
“Sessions are always relevant to matchdays or our previous fixture, it’s not just a game of five-a-side, so attendance is a must.”