LUKE Sherbon has announced that he is leaving Aberystwyth Town FC after spending a total of 14 seasons at the Welsh Premier League club.
The 31-year-old midfielder, who also had spells at Barry Town and Rhyl, and played out in Australia for or Dandenong Thunder, has been a key member of the first team squad.
His contract expires at the end of June, and the former Wales Semi-Pro international has confirmed that he will not be staying at Park Avenue.
Last summer, he was one of the few players to remain with his local club as incoming manager Matthew Bishop assembled his new squad, with Sherbon becoming club captain.
Sherbon has confirmed this week that he has decided to call time on his Aber career, and will not be a part of Tony Pennock’s side for next season.
Assistant manager Wayne Jones said: “Luke was a bit of a legend at the Club before I arrived, and he was also a big part in stabilising our transition to a new squad last season.
“He had a pivotal role in that process and for that we thank him. Luke’s vast experience will be a big benefit to his next Club, and we’d like to wish Sherbs the best of luck from us all.”
Since making his league debut in 2003, Sherbon has made over 248 league appearances for Aber, in three periods at the Club, scoring 58 goals.
He won the Players’ Player of the Year Award in 2015, represented the Seasiders in the Welsh Cup Final of 2014, and also went on to play in the UEFA Europa League, and the Europa League Play Off Final in 2015.
He has made a career total of 280 WPL appearances, scoring 62 goals.
Meanwhile Aberystwyth Town FC have revealed that Hull City Under 23s are set to Park Avenue for a pre-season friendly on Sunday, 6 August.
The fixture has been arranged by manager Tony Pennock, who spent three years at Hull City as academy manager, before becoming first team coach with Mike Phelan last season.
Hull City’s Under 23s finished second in the Professional Development League last season, and Pennock expects a firm test from the young Tigers.
"They have a good pedigree, and only just lost to Sheffield Wednesday in the Play Offs," said Pennock.
"They will be of a similar level to the Swansea City Development side I brought up a few years ago.
"As our last friendly, we expect them to give us our hardest game of pre-season and they see us as their hardest game too. It should be a great occasion."
Aber start their pre-season schedule on 15 July when they host Welsh League division two champions Llanelli, who include ex-Seasiders Joe Clarke, Kurtis March, Jordan Follows, Anthony Finselbach and Craig Morris, not to mention Swansea City legend Lee Trundle.
On Saturday 22 July, Haverfordwest County visit Park Avenue, with Chris O’Sullivan, Stefano Antoniazzi, Greg Walters and Ricky Watts likely to be involved, and the following Friday Aber visit Welsh League Division Three side Ynysygerwyn, managed by former Aber boss David Burrows.
On 29 July, Aber visit Briton Ferry Athletic, whom keeper Steve Cann helped to promotion back into Welsh League division one last season.
In the 2017/18 Nathaniel MG Cup Aber face a trip to face Caersws, managed by former Seasider Graham Evans, to be held on 29-30 August.