Forest Green Rovers captain Liam Noble has left the club in a shock announcement.
A statement on the club’s website said he was leaving with immediate effect to be closer to his family in the North of England.
Forest Green manager Mark Cooper said: “Liam has family in the North East that he needs to be with, and we understand that.
“His efforts and hard work on the pitch are recognized and appreciated by both the club and the fans. We wish him the best of luck.”
Noble said: “Thank you to the chairman and manager for supporting me through this difficult decision. The fans have made my time at the club special – thanks to them.”
The 26-year-old signed for Rovers from Notts County in June of 2016 on a two-year deal and was named captain for the start of the 2016-17 Vanarama National League season.
Noble proved to be somewhat of a cult hero at the New Lawn after leading the Green Devils to promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club’s history, as they beat second place Tranmere Rovers 3-1 in the National League play-off final.
The Northerner has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Rovers this season, but hasn’t been used since a 2-0 home loss against Swindon Town in September.
The news of Noble’s departure comes as a shock considering he signed a contract extension in July of 2017 that was set to run out in 2020.
It has now been confirmed that the 26-year-old will resign with Notts County, however, due to it being outside the transfer window, he will not be able to play for Kevin Nolan’s side until January.