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Dependable duo leaving King's Lynn Town in the National League

Dependable King's Lynn Town pair Michael Gash and Ryan Jarvis are leaving King's Lynn Town.

The legendary duo, who have clocked more than 300 appearances between them, are departing with the Linnets set to go full-time from next season.

Midfielder Jarvis and striker Gash, both 34, have played instrumental parts in helping the club to the highest level of football in it's history.

King's Lynn Town striker Michael Gash. (42825767)
King's Lynn Town striker Michael Gash. (42825767)

Both players signed for the club in the summer of 2017, helping the club climb from the Southern League Central Premier Division to the top flight of the National League.

Jarvis has been playing pro football for more than half of his lifetime, having made his debut as a 16-year-old youngster with Norwich City and went on to play in the Premier League.

Even in the twilight stages of his playing career, the Fakenham-born midfielder still oozes class every time he takes to the pitch.

Ryan Jarvis (47622849)
Ryan Jarvis (47622849)

Jarvis said: "The last four years have been class. I've absolutely loved my football and I'm proud to be a part of what we've built.

"I'd love to carry on playing for Lynn but the gaffer and the chairman want to go in a different direction and I can't commit to that at this stage of my career.

"I've worked hard to progress my coaching and I've also got my family to think about. I've made so many friends and the football we've played has been incredible.

"I want to carry on playing because the love of the game in my four years with Lynn has given me the passion and energy to carry on playing.

"There's not one memory I can actually pinpoint, but the dressing room at Lynn and the football we've produced has been better than an any other time in my career and that includes playing at the highest level."

Gash, who has been the scourge of defences for many seasons, will obviously be best remembered for his Super Play-Off winning goal against Warrington Town which elevated Lynn to the Conference North.

During his time in a King's Lynn shirt, Gash has plundered 49 goals in a 159 appearances, but his all-round contribution on the pitch and in the dressing room has been invaluable during Lynn's rise up the non-league pyramid.

"I've had four fantastic years at King's Lynn Town and Ian Culverhouse is the best manager I have ever worked under in my entire career," admitted Gash.

"With the club now looking to go down a different route next season and with me working five days a week as a tree surgeon it is impossible to commit to the club for the time they will be needing me for.

"I have a family and I have to think of them and the security my job as a tree surgeon gives to them.

"I've had four great years at King's Lynn and of course the highlight for me will be scoring the winning goal at Warrington in the Super Play-Off final.

"Other highlights for me is the tremendous team mates I have worked with in my time at the club. It's a well known fact of how close knit we are and I will keep in touch with them and of course look out for Lynn's results.

"I would like to thank the fans for everything, they are amazing and I love them all. I would love to sign of with a goal on Saturday, but a win is the main thing."

Lynn director of football Robbie Back has paid an emotional tribute to the pair on the eve of their departures.

Back said: "Michael Gash and Ryan Jarvis, King's Lynn legends now and forever.

"What you have both done for the team and the club I can't sum up in words. You have both been a massive part of our success.

"I want you to both know that we will always be eternally grateful and you will always be a part of my football family.

"Not only have you become legends at this club, you will always be my friends. I wish your families and you all the best for the future and you will always be welcome back at the club with welcome arms.

"You both will be missed by everyone at the club and our supporters."

Back's sentiments were echoed by Linnets general manager Mark Hearle who said: "For myself it has been an absolute honour and a great pleasure to work with both Michael and Ryan over the past few years.

"They have been a credit for King's Lynn Town, representing the club with both pride and dignity over the four corners of the country.

"Gashy's goal at Warrington is now etched in Linnets folklore as is Ryan's pin-point passing and control of a football. I will miss them both greatly and wish them well for the future."

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