Former Premier League striker Lee Hughes has left Halesowen Town.
The club say that manager Paul Smith and the former West Bromwich Albion frontman have ‘mutually agreed that it would be best for both parties for Lee to move on.’
The 43-year-old, who famously joined Coventry City in 2001 from West Brom for £5,000,001 as it triggered his release clause, has scored 13 goals in 51 games for Halesowen. The ex-Notts County and Oldham man also had a ten-game spell as player-manager towards the end of last season, though one win and four draws were not enough to stave off relegation from the Southern Football League Premier Division Central.
Boss Smith said to the club’s website: ‘’Lee has been fantastic since I arrived at the club; a top player and he has helped immensely with the young squad we have here. I’m gutted he is moving on.
“I do completely understand, though, he needs and wants to be playing week in, week out as he nears the end of his playing days. The form of others hasn’t allowed him to do that here.
“We wish him all the best going forward.’’