King’s Lynn Town midfielder Dan Quigley has become the first part of an expected summer exodus at The Walks.
Quigley has been given his marching orders after failing to turn up for Saturday’s final game of Lynn’s EvoStik League season.
Lynn lost the game 1-0 and it was the final straw for disappointed manager Gary Setchell, who kept faith with the 23-year-old despite missing away fixtures at both Ramsbottom and Stourbridge earlier in the campaign.
An angry Setchell said: “David Bell was taken ill on Saturday, but Quigs just didn’t turn up so that’s him finished.
“We heard nothing from him. No text, no call, just a no show and that’s a shame as I’ve a great relationship with all of the championship-winning squad of 2013.
“I feel badly let down by him. He is up to his old tricks again and he shouldn’t be leaving under this cloud. He should have been leaving with his head held high.
“It’s the third time he hasn’t turned up. He confessed to his problems last time and we tried to help him, but that’s it.
“As much as I think of him as a lad and what he has done for the football club he is finished. There will be no more reprieves.”
Just before Christmas, it transpired that Quigley had been hit by off-the-field problems and Lynn gave the youngster a second chance to redeem himself.
Setchell said: “When he was up to what he was up to, most clubs would have sacked him but we stood by him and he has repaid me like this.
“Quigs hadn’t had his greatest season and he is still a young enough lad. He gave you something extra with his desire without a football.
“Due to his problems, drinking and other bits and pieces I think we’ve only had a 50 per cent Quigs this year, he wasn’t the same player as he was when he first joined.”
Quigley made 137 appearances, scoring 12 goals, during a chequered career.
Setchell, meanwhile, is relishing the major rebuilding challenge facing him.
“The hard work has already started and I’m already looking forward to next season,” admitted Setchell. “Everyone has got their opinions on the football team and also on me but I do learn fast.
“I’ve probably learnt more since Christmas than probably what I did in my first four-and-a-half seasons at the club.
“It’s been tough as I live in the town. I have to pick up the papers, to walk around the streets and do my shopping.
“When we are doing well I walk around feeling ten foot tall but I’ve been going through a few cat flaps recently.
“What I have learned is that you can’t concede more than 50 goals in this league and we will be building from the back.
“We have to get players in who can defend. I know what we need and I will get it right.
“I’m not saying I will get it right so we will go on and win the league, but I will get it right so we are a top-half team in the table, where we belong.”