Influential midfielder Ash Allanson has stunned Bridlington Town by announcing that he is leaving and taking a break from football.
He took on the role of first team coach with The Seasiders at the start of this season, when his dad Gary returned to Queensgate as manager.
But after six years with the club, which saw him play a crucial role in the NCEL title-winning squad of 2009/10, he has decided to move on from a club he has described as ‘wonderful’.
In a statement to Town fans, Allanson said: “I have enjoyed my time here immensely but I have decided to leave.
“It is not a secret that I am a passionate player and a moaner, but unfortunately after trying very hard to change my ways to stop upsetting my team-mates, I have found that I can’t.
“I am the problem and I believe that my performances have been hindered over the last season or so. Also, it has a very negative effect on the team and my team-mates’ confidence.
“So due to this, I am taking some time away from football for a while, which hopefully may help me.
“Once again I would like to thank the fans for their superb support, my team-mates over the last six seasons who have all been fantastic to the club, Mitch Cook for his tenure at the club, of course my dad and manager Gary for the fantastic work he does at the club, and finally the chairman, Pete Smurthwaite for the support, commitment and time he has given me personally, the team and the club since I have been here.”
Dad Gary said he was upset by the surprise announcement: “This came as much as a shock to me as everyone else,
“He is very passionate in everything he does and sets very, very high standards and when players fall below that he lets them know and becomes frustrated very quickly, but that is part of his DNA and he would only be half the player he is without it.
“He has been a very loyal servant to the club over the time he has been here, had many other offers, most for a lot more money then he is on at Brid, but he really loves the club, the fans and the other players and that’s why he has stayed.
“I have spoken to him but he is adamant that he wants a break to clear his head and doesn’t want to keep upsetting his fellow team-mates, which is a massive decision to make and very brave to admit but he is honest and genuine and as a father I am very proud of that.
“That number four shirt is going to be massive to fill. Players come and go and move on but special players are few and far and are never forgotten,”