Robins’ top scorer Rose leaves the club

Luis Rose
Luis Rose

Ilkeston FC’s top scorer Luis Rose has parted company with the club by mutual agreement.

The teenager, who as scored eight times this season, came through the academy setup at the New Manor Ground and had impressed onlookers with some bright displays and fine goals during his time as a first team regular both last season and this.

He had a recent trial with Derby County and has attracted interest from a number of other clubs from higher levels.

However, with the club’s relegation set to be confirmed in the coming days, Rose posted a message on social media explaining he has decided to leave Ilkeston before the season is out.

He said: “I would like to thank everyone at Ilkeston FC that has helped and guided me through my time here.

“I will always be grateful to you for being the place that started my football career.

“I have lots of good memories and have made some friends for life.

“I would also like to say a huge thank you to all of the fans, you have been amazing throughout. Your support has been incredible. I wish we could have given you what you deserve.

“It wasn’t an easy decision for me but I felt I needed a fresh start, so I have decided it would be best for me to move on.

“I’m sorry it turned out like this and wish you all the best for the future. I really hope that Ilkeston FC can return to where it used to be for everyone involved.”

With Rose having had his contract cancelled, he will now be free to join another club but Ilkeston will not receive any fee.