South Shields joint-manager Lee Picton has detailed the circumstances behind Gary Brown’s departure.

The defender has completed a move to West Auckland Town for an undisclosed fee, and Picton told the club’s website:

“Gary came to us requesting a transfer because he felt he was really struggling to balance all the commitments he had with work, family and playing football at this level.

“We were obviously really disappointed because we didn’t want Gary to leave due to the massive influence he has been on and off the pitch since joining us two years ago.”

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