TOP goalscorer Ben Mackey has left Leamington FC after making over 150 appearances for the Southern League Premier Division club.
Mackey scored 80 goals for the Brakes during two spells with the club but has been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Paul Holleran.
Rob Ogleby is another player who has been released by Leamington this summer having joined at the start of last season but he is moving to the capital.
“Rob was unfortunately hampered by injuries last season but he showed in spells what is he is capable of,” said Holleran. “He was a massive influence around the place, a great character, and he will be sorely missed.
“After a conversation with Ben we both decided it would be best for us to go our separate ways.
“For him to come back the way he did last season and score the number of goals he did was superb. He has been great to work with, a true professional who always does everything properly, and I wish him all the best in the future.”
Paul Holleran has advised that Joe Magunda is the latest player from last season’s squad to return for the forthcoming 2016/17 campaign.
Only injuries have prevented Magunda from topping 200 appearances for his home-town club since he linked up with Leamington in 2012.
He was hampered by little niggles last season which saw him fall just short of 50 appearances but nevertheless, he remained a key member of the squad both in midfield and central defence, and will surely top that double century of games in the Gold and Black early in 2016/17.
Also leaving the club is to take up a position as first team coach at National League North side Worcester City is Ian King, who linked up with Leamington part way through last season to assist on the coaching side.
“Ian has been offered a role at Worcester which he has decided to take up,” added Holleran.
“I wish him all the best as he progresses with his coaching career and thank him for all his efforts for us both on the training pitch and on match days. I am sure we will be helping each other out as things go along.”