The season may not have finished for some teams but Chorley FC boss Garry Flitcroft has had his first pre-season shock with news that a defender is leaving.
Towering central defender and left-back Andy Russell was one of Garry Flitcroft’s first signings for Chorley when he signed from Mossley in the summer of 2010.
But Russell announcedthe decision at the weekend on the social networking site Twitter.
He said: “It’s with unbelievable sadness I announce my decision to leave @chorleyfc been the best three years of my football career with unbelievable highs.
“Most notably the play-off final victory and the cup final at the Reebok.
“I would like to thank the fans, the coaching staff and the manager for all their support.
“I will miss the lads so much and consider some of my chorley team mates as my best friends.
“Ready for the next chapter and the next challenge.
“See everyone soon!”
During his time with the Magpies, Russell played a key role in the play-off winning season with some sterling defensive performances.
The defender also scored some crucial goals – notably netting the opening goal in the famous 2-1 win at the Deva Stadium against Chester and a 94th-minute winner against Ossett Albion to complete an injury time turnaround.
But one of the biggest highlights of his 142 game career at Victory Park was scoring an equaliser for the Magpies against Kendal in the Lancashire Trophy final last season.
He scored on 14 times for Chorley during his career.
He went on to say that he has not signed for a club yet but is looking to the future