A familiar face will be missing from the Hawks’ ranks for the visit of Gateshead in the National League on Saturday (3pm), report Portsmouth News. Ryan Young departed Westleigh Park on Thursday after signing off his contract.

The experienced goalkeeper made more than 200 appearances for the club after arriving from AFC Telford in July 2014. Young has been virtually ever-present between the posts during his time at the Hawks and played a key role in their rise into the National League. But Ben Dudzinski has dislodged him as No1 stopper, prompting him to leave Westleigh Park.

Lee Bradbury lauded the impact Young made at the Hawks and regards him as the best keeper in the club’s history.

The boss said “I am gutted because Ryan is one of the best signings I have made. This was a tough decision for both the club and the player.

“He has been a big character around the club and one who always wears his heart on his sleeve. His vocal personality will be missed. In my eyes, he is the best goalkeeper this club has ever had.”

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