Stockport County winger Jake Kirby has taken the difficult decision to step away from football.
Kirby signed a two-year contract at the start of last season and was part of the National League North title-winning team, in which he bagged four goals.
County boss Jim Gannon said: “Jake has made the decision following a long period of thought. The recent knee injury which he picked up during County’s win at Wrexham last month highlighted once again the difficulties that Jake has had to contend with in terms of injuries in the last three years and accentuated many of his fears and feelings held within football.
“But there has been no simple or singular reason for Jake’s recent decision, just a strong feeling for change. We are very sorry to be losing Jake and it is with a heavy heart that we accepted his wish to leave.”