Montel Gibson has left Ilkeston Town.
Gibson, who has scored 15 goals in 28 starts for the Robins this season, thanked the club in an emotional statement issued before Saturday’s win over Pershore Town.
While Ilkeston boss Steve Chette cited the distance Gibson regularly travelled to train and compete for Ilkeston had become difficult for the player to balance.
Gibson said: “It’s been quite emotional to leave such a big club full of positivity and such supportive people who believe in you. Considering my time has only been short, Ilkeston has become a second home to me.
“So, I want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Ilkeston, I’ve met a great bunch of lads along the way, the fans were magnificent week in, week out. The support here is different class every single game.
“Steve has been amazing since the day I came to Ilkeston, he believed in me and pushed me from the start, on and off the pitch. I’d also like to thank the rest of the coaching staff, Ian, Craig, Simon and physio Dave.
“I just want to say that I appreciate all of the time, effort and support everyone at Ilkeston has put in to me. I wish you all the best going forward.”
Chettle, who wasted no time in strengthening his attacking arsenal with the capture of striker Malachi Lavelle-Moore, added: “Montel was finding it hard to balance his time between training, playing and travelling from Birmingham, he was making these journeys without his own transport and was reliant on lifts from other people, because of this, he was only able to make training once a week.
“I spoke to him last week and he has really enjoyed his time with Ilkeston, and everyone at the club would like to thank him for all of his efforts this season, and we wish him well in the future, wherever that lies.”