Striker Dan Simmonds has left Bognor Regis Town – with a huge pat on the back from Rocks boss Jack Pearce.

Simmonds, a proven goalscorer in the Sussex County Football League and beyond, has departed in search of first-team football after a short spell at Nyewood Lane.

The former Pagham attacker signed for the Rocks in the summer but hasn’t been able to force his way into first-team reckoning, save for a few substitute appearances.

And rather than spend time on the bench, he has chosen to quit Bognor to pursue his career elsewhere. Pearce said: “I can perfectly understand Dan’s position and in the interests of helping him develop we have agreed for him to move on.

“He will be a big asset to any club who signs him. He has come into our club and worked his socks off to get fit and then shown a great attitude as a squad member. Unfortunately for Dan he has had limited first team opportunities and any football person can understand his desire to play every week. We wish him all the very best for the future and want to thank him for his services to the club.”

Meanwhile, Reading keeper Myles Roberts will join up with the Rocks this week for training after stand-in replacement James Holden switched to Isthmian League South Central Division Bracknell Town.

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