POPULAR midfielder Matt Dodd has left Leamington Brakes this week because of a lack of first team opportunities.
The 27-year-old held talks with manager Paul Holleran this week and a decision was made for the fan’s favourite to leave the New Windmill Ground.
He has made 30 appearances for Brakes this season, but 13 of those came as a substitute as he fell down the pecking order.
Dodd has moved on to Stourbridge and manager Holleran has wished him all the best at his new club.
He said: “Matty has struggled to hold down a regular starting place this season with the form of Lee Moore a big factor in that.
“While I am disappointed with the timing of the decision, as I was with Stephan Morley, I understand and respect his desire to be playing regular football, and wish him all the best at his new club.”
Dodd started his career with Sutton Coldfield Town where he came through their youth system to become a first team regular at Coles Lane before joining Worcester City in 2009.
He joined Halasowen the following season but his time at the Grove was short-lived and a return to Sutton Coldfield followed.
After two-and-a-half years back with the Royals, he moved to the Brakes in early 2012 and became a valued member of the Southern League Premier title winning side of 2012/13 but his opportunities became more restricted this season.
Holleran added: “Matt has always been a great person to work with, despite needing some managing at times! We plucked him from the lower leagues and he came in and made a great impact, helping us to win the Southern League title.
“I’m sure nobody who was there will forget his hat trick of penalties in the match at Cambridge City during that season. I know that he was a well liked player among the Brakes support, I did my best to talk him into staying at the football club and am very disappointed to see him go, but he leaves with the good wishes of everyone at the club.”