Nicky Clee has left Altrincham after stunning club bosses by asking to be released from his contract.
The 33-year old winger re-joined Alty last December from Harrogate Town after signing a contract that was due to run until the end of next season.
But his second spell at The J.Davidson Stadium has been cut short after he approached the club and asked to leave.
Though bitterly disappointed by his stance, club officials concluded there was little point keeping a player whose focus was not on helping an Alty promotion push next season and reluctantly granted his request.
A release form has been signed and sent to the FA, leaving Huddersfield-born Clee, who was not retained by then-manager Neil Young last May and had spells at Guiseley AFC and Harrogate before re-joining Altrincham, free to play for another club.
Chairman Grahame Rowley said: “I have to say I am extremely disappointed in Nicky’s actions. He was very keen to return to the club midway through last season, and willingly signed an eighteen-month contract. To now renege on that saddens me, but we only want players who are 100% committed to the cause for next season. If Nicky’s commitment is away from Altrincham FC, then so be it.
“I must also say I am extremely disappointed that another club has approached a contracted player, offered him terms and thus encouraged Nicky to take this course of action. It’s not how things should be done, but good luck to him for the future.”
Clee made 239 starts and 53 substitute appearances for Altrincham, and scored 37 goals after originally joining the club in 2009.
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