Long-serving goalkeeper Luke Purnell has left Weston-super-Mare AFC in search of a new challenge.

The keeper has made 355 appearances for the Seagulls after over two stints at the club starting out in the Under 18s.

Manager Scott Bartlett said: "Luke will be missed, he has given brilliant service to the club, and to myself personally. In my first season here, he was simply outstanding.

“Luke is now at a point where he wants to go in a different direction. I had hoped he would stay until the end of the season but his position is understandable."

He added: "Reluctantly we accept his decision and thank him for his service, in particular his patience in the past two seasons.

"I know it would have been hard for him not playing regularly and he only stayed to do that for us because of his affection to the club and the supporters."

And Purnell gave thanks to the club and the supporters.

He said: "The club has been such a significant part of my life and I’m extremely proud to have been able to represent my home town for so long.

“Firstly, I want to thank the lads for everything on and off the pitch. Secondly, thanks to the staff and the wider staff body for the continued support over the years. You really are the backbone of the success.

“Finally, the fans, I am so grateful to you all. You have stuck with me through the highs and the lows. You guys are amazing and I wish you the success you deserve going forward."