CLUB stalwart Nicky Palmer has left Harwich and Parkeston.

Palmer, who has played more than 250 games for the Shrimpers, has decided to move on to pastures new.

He came through the club at youth level and was a player at Harwich when they pulled out of the then Ridgeons League.

The former Holland FC player wrote a heartfelt farewell on social media, announcing his departure.

Writing on his Twitter page, Palmer said: "And now...the end is near.

"I've decided to leave my beloved Harwich and Parkeston Football Club.

"The team I have loved and will continue to do so.

"It's been an honour to be part of a club with some of the greatest people in football.

"Special shout outs to Tony Armstrong, Gary Kioussis, Barry Vernon, Terry Francis, Mark Newell, Daryl Eagle and many more who have come and gone over the years who have looked after me so well.

"To play one game for Harwich and Parkeston was my only footballing ambition, so 13/14 years after my debut over 250 games, being made captain and a net busting 4 goals I couldn't be happier.

"That number 2 shirt has looked after me well for so many years.

"I wish the club nothing but success in the future.

"What a club, what a town."