Chelmsford City have announced that striker Billy Bricknell has departed the Melbourne Community Stadium to join Billericay Town.

Bricknell’s first spell at the Melbourne Stadium was in 2010, signing from local neighbours Bilericay Town for a fee rumoured to be around four-figures.

He made thirty one appearances, netting seven times, during his first season as a Claret before moving on to Dover Athletic.

Bricknell then moved on from Dover to Leyton and Ebbsfleet United before signing for Maidstone United – with whom he won promotion to the Vanarama National League South in the 2014-15 season.

The former Ebbsfleet and Dover front-man signed for his second term with the Clarets at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, under then-City boss Mark Hawkes, before going on to score 19 times in his 41 appearances.

Manager Rod Stringer called Billy a “great servant to the Club” after the Club announced the forward’s departure.

“Billy is a good lad. I knew as soon as I came to the Club but I’ve known him for a long, long time. I know his family and that.

“We think Billy has been a great servant to the Club and he’s well loved by the supporters and staff, including myself.

“It’s one of those where you have to realise that we have to move on. He’s got a great deal that we could never have got close to and I just think that Billy’s at 28 – coming on 29 –and feels that at the end of the day he needs security for his family and maybe starting a family.” Stringer said. “If he was 22 or 23 then I don’t think the offer would have interested him.

“Billy’s been a great talisman for the Club and he’s certainly one we would love to have back here in some form or the other because he’s a good lad. There are times when he’s not been selected but the truth is he’s always been truthful, he’s always kept his chin up and upbeat. He’s been fantastic around the boys, they all love him and he’ll be missed.

“All we can say to Billy is he’s been a great player for the Club and he’s greatly respected and we’ll watch out for you. We really hope that he takes off at Billericay. It was a win-win in both situations.”


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