Crowd favourite Nathan Elder has been released after more than three years at Tonbridge Angels.

The big striker scored 65 goals after joining from Dover, initially on loan, and will be missed by the Angels faithful. It was a tough decision for manager Steve McKimm, who has paid tribute to the 33-year-old.

McKimm said: “I can’t speak highly enough of Nathan as a player and as a man – he’s been fantastic for us.

“We’re maybe looking to do something different next year and obviously players come and go. It’s Nathan’s turn this time and there’ll be a couple of others.

“Nothing lasts forever but he’s been excellent and it was only right we gave him a send-off. Without a shadow of doubt it was hard to let him go.

“Anyone who’s been with you that long, it’s a wrench to tell them they’re no longer required but it’s one of those where if you do it in the right way, you get the respect of the player and the player respects the club.

“It’s not the end for him – he’ll get another club.”

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