King’s Lynn Town chairman Stephen Cleeve has been left “disappointed” by Simon Lappin’s exit from The Walks.

The midfielder’s departure was announced through a third party, via social media, on Wednesday night. Cleeve says he is surprised by the manner in which Lappin has left the club following the appointment of Simon Clark as Lynn’s new manager earlier in the week.

The former Norwich City man, who arrived at The Walks last October, made 39 appearances for the club (seven as substitute) and scored three goals.

Cleeve said: “Normally, footballers who have played in the professional game understand the procedures that club’s follow when they leave. I’m very surprised that someone with Simon’s experience, who has played at the highest level of the game, chose not to follow those and whether he purposely decided to do it on the day we revealed our new manager, I’m not sure.

“He was offered a new deal so it’s very disappointing that he didn’t have the courtesy to speak to either the manager or the club first. All we ask is that players our honest and professional with us.

“Someone like Michael (Gash) is a prime example of how a player should conduct themselves.”

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