Curzon Ashton have confirmed that three members of the 2017/18 playing squad will not be offered new deals for the upcoming season.

Midfielder Luke Clark, 23, who joined the club in 2016 from Salford City, has accepted a job offer in London and will not be returning for pre-season at the Tameside Stadium. Fellow midfielder Richie Baker, 30, and centre-forward Ben Wharton, 27, have also been informed that they will not receive new deals at the club.

On the departures, manager John Flanagan commented: “It’s always difficult when you have to make decisions on who to keep and release. Unfortunately, following a difficult season, it’s clear that changes to the squad going forward were required and, before we can adjust the squad, we need to create space for incoming players.

“Hopefully any new recruits will improve our level of performance for next season and help us stay away from the relegation threat that we had hanging over us this season. I’d like to place my thanks on record to the players that are moving on.

“They are all great lads and have been a pleasure to have involved at Curzon. I wish them all the best wherever they next choose to play their football.”


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