Worthing Football Club defender Corey Heath will not sign a new contract with the club this summer.
The 21-year-old centre-half informed manager Gary Elphick he did not wish to stay following three years at Woodside Road on Sunday.
Taking to Twitter the same evening, Heath said on his official account: “I’d just like to thank everyone at Worthing for the past three years.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club, met some great people along the way and I’ll be leaving with many memories. I just feel now is the right time to move on.”
Worthing boss Elphick feels his departure may well be best for both parties.
He said: “Corey was exceptional the season before last when we got promoted. I felt at times last season he struggled a little but I’d like to thank him for his efforts with Worthing.
“I played alongside Corey the year we got promoted from the Ryman South and it’s a time I look back on fondly. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”
Ben Pope, Harvey Sparks, Ross Edwards and Matt Boiling are the latest players to have penned new contracts for next season. Skipper Kane Wills, Lloyd Dawes and Sam Rents had already agreed new deals, while Dave Herbert and Kieron Thorp have both been released.
Elphick is pleased with the business done so far and said: “I identified the players I wanted to stay at the club and I’m pleased those seven will be back next season.”
Defenders Tom Cadman and Jack Cook have also been offered deals but Elphick admits it is a waiting game: “Tom has hopes of getting back in the pro game, while Jack could have a work placement in London. It’s a case of waiting on those two and seeing if they sign.”
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