Newmarket Town captain Max York leaves the club
Newmarket Town player-manager Michael Shinn has confirmed the departure of skipper Max York.
The defender was one of the Jockeys' stand-out summer signings when he arrived at the Tristel Stadium from higher-league Histon in early July.
He was given the captain's armband by Shinn and went on to make 10 appearances for the club, scoring one goal.
However, a combination of personal and work commitments has resulted in the centre-back moving on.
Shinn said: "When we signed Max we knew he had a baby on the way and that he runs his own business – he's got a lot going on.
"We had a good conversation and it's probably one that he'd wanted to have a for a few weeks but because the results haven't been great, I guess he didn't want to be seen to be leaving when we were struggling.
"You've got to do what's right for your family and there is more to life than football.
"Sometimes lads question whether they need it any more. Training on a Thursday, being away from your family all day on a Saturday and play Tuesdays – it's a lot to ask when you have other commitments.
"Look at the recent lockdowns we've had – some players have decided they don't need football any more.
"I'm disappointed to lose Max as a player and as a person, but I understand his decision and I back it."
James Seymour captained the team during Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Fakenham Town, and Shinn has revealed he will continue in that position going forward.
The former Ely City and Mildenhall Town player is one that can cover York's departure at the heart of the defence, while Joe Robinson, Jon Carver and James Chivers are also all comfortable in that part of the pitch.
And having such options at his disposal means that the boss is in no major hurry to bring in a replacement.
On Seymour, he said: "James has played centre-half a handful of times for us this season and he's very good there. He is someone I can trust to play in two or three positions and do it very well.
"He's one of the leaders and that is why he'll be the captain moving forward."
And in terms of recruiting a new centre-back, he added: "I've always said when it comes to signing players that they have to be the right characters.
"If there is someone that comes up that can fill the void then we will look at it, but we've got plenty of players who can play there so we won't be rushing out to sign someone for the sake of it."
* For more from Shinn on his red card against Fakenham and the fightback that saw Newmarket claim a point, see this week's Journal print edition.