Leamington goalkeeper and captain Tony Breeden has left the club following an incident at training last week, the club have confirmed.

The National League North side they have mutually agreed the termination of his contract, ‘with Tony accepting that his conduct fell well short of accepted behaviour.’ In three stints with the Brakes, Breeden has made almost 300 appearances.

The club have been quick to thank the 31-year-old for his part in their recent history.

Manager Paul Holleran told the club website: “Tony has made a massive contribution at Leamington Football Club and it is disappointing for both him, myself and the club that our relationship has ended in such a way. I know he will be fondly remembered by the fans and we cannot forget that he has been a big part of our success for many years.

“I wish him every success moving forward, wherever that may be.”

Chairman Jim Scott added: “It is very regrettable that Tony’s tenure at the club has ended in such a manner. He has been hugely apologetic and greatly regrets his actions and has personally apologised to his teammates.

“Paul Holleran and myself wish to thank the fans for their magnificent support in his time at the club. I am sure that everyone joins me in wishing him well for the future.”

Breeden tweeted: “Officially left Leamington, not how I wanted to but down to my own poor actions. Good luck in the future and sorry to fans and staff and players who I’ve (let) down.

“I know you all held me in high regard and the support I received literally weekly from you all made me feel so proud to represent your club. Good luck.”

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