King's Lynn Town midfielder signs contract while defender leaves The Walks
National League King's Lynn Town's squad continues to take shape ahead of the forthcoming season.
Midfielder Jordan Richards has agreed a none-year deal to remain at the club while Tom Ward has had his contract cancelled with the football club by mutual consent.
Ward confirmed that he cannot commit fully to The Linnets National League campaign next season after deciding that he wished to return to his career of teaching and coaching.
The defender joined the Linnets in the 2016/17 season and was a big part of the 2017/18 Lynn squad which reached theSouthern Premier Division play-off final, only to be beaten by Slough Town, in front of a Walks crowd of almost 3000 people.
Ward then left Lynn in the summer and was reunited with manager Ian Culverhouse at Grantham Town briefly before returned to the Linnets for a second time.
The pair were again reunited in 2019 as Ward also returned to the club following long term injuries to fellow defenders Ryan Fryatt and Chris Smith in a matter of days.
In total, Ward made 71 appearances for Lynn over the two spells, scoring six goals.
"In a social media post, Ward wrote: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with @officialKLtown for the past season. What an unbelievable but thoroughly deserved achievement.
"I’ve loved every minute. Due to a change in career path outside of football, I sadly won’t be able to commit to the time demands of the Conference.
“Heartbreaking to leave after this season’s success but I will always look back fondly and with pride on this season.
"The players, gaffer, chairman and fans have always been amazing to me and I wish you continued success. It is a really, really special club. Up the Linnets.”
Richards moved to the Walks in the summer of 2018 but it was last season when he really began to blossom in a midfield role, turning in some consistent and impressive performances.
In his two seasons with the club he has made 85 appearances with a return of five goals.
Director of football Rob Back said: "We are very disappointed that Tom has decided to leave the football club before the season has started but we also thank him for his total honesty throughout this situation.
"Tom has had some difficult decisions to make and we respect his final decision and we wish him well for the future.
"With Jordan it is a very good bit of business to get him back to the football club for another season.
"I think he would be the first to admit that we didn't see the best of him in his first season with us but I am sure that everyone will agree that he really began to blossom last season in the centre of the park where he produced some assured performances.
"He also chipped in with some important goals, including the memorable strike at Boston on New Year's Day and we look forward to more of the same next season."
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