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Captain Max York departs Histon after league switch

Max York in action in Histon. Picture: Mark Hopkin
Max York in action in Histon. Picture: Mark Hopkin

Max York has departed Histon to join Newmarket Town.

The Stutes captain had made 220 appearances for the club, across two periods, and scored 46 goals, including 27 in the Thurlow Nunn League-championship winning season, but leaves after their switch in leagues.

Histon have been moved from the Isthmian League to the Northern League for the forthcoming season.

On social media, York said: “It’s been a really tough decision but unfortunately the time has come to say goodbye to Histon FC.

“A brilliant club that has been close to my heart for many years, where I started my career and where the plan was to finish it.

“The change of leagues has made it too difficult to 100 per cent commit with all my obligations and it just won’t be sustainable to play.

“I’ve been proud to captain the club for the past five seasons.

"After the club’s rollercoaster ride over the years, it was a pleasure to be part of our historic season winning the league, bringing some positivity back to the club and putting the club back on the map.

“A massive thank you to the fans for their support over the years, the people behind the scenes who have kept the club stable, and to the coaching staff and fellow players who, over the past seasons, have made it a memorable time being part of that squad.

“I want to wish the club, the fans and the lads all the best for this season and for the future.

"The club has got some great years ahead, and I look forward to having the chance to cheer the boys on in the future. Up the Stutes.”

Histon manager Lance Key has seen a number of other players depart, but can understand his captain’s decision ahead of a rebuild at Bridge Road.

“Losing Max is a huge blow of course,” said Key.

“He has been an excellent performer and leads by example and his 27 goals in our championship-winning season will probably never be beaten by a centre-half anywhere.

“He leaves with our best wishes and hope that he can have as much success elsewhere. The reasons are, as with many of the others, more travelling, the possibility of long trips for Tuesday night away games and, more importantly of course, a little son on the way.

“Along with all the others in Zukes, Jimmy, Phil, Buster, Browny, Swints and the possibility of losing Lewis Mair to university, it just shows what impact a decision which is out of your hands can have on your team.

“But what this does give me personally, though, is more appetite to challenge ourselves within a new league.

“Obviously we’re trying to recruit more players and we are all working hard on that front and will let you know our progress throughout.”

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