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Jordon Cooke, Jack Duffy and Harry Limb will not be returning to Stamford AFC for next season

A trio of players will not be returning to the Daniels next season.

Jordon Cooke, Harry Limb and Jack Duffy are all departing from the Northern Premier League Midlands Division club.

Popular defender Cooke - who has been with the club for the past three seasons - has been forced to look elsewhere following the change in Stamford's league set-up.

Jordon Cooke. Photo: Dan Allen
Jordon Cooke. Photo: Dan Allen

He is the Daniels' most northernly based player and the extra travel commitments mean he is unable to rejoin the club.

Manager Graham Drury explained: "Sadly Jordon will no longer be with us for the new season as, with the change in the league, he can't commit to the extra travel.

"He is the furthest player north we have and, with teams like Histon, Cambridge City, Halesowen, Corby, Yaxley and Soham, etc, in our league it is just not possible for him with his work commitments.

"I personally want to thank Cookie because he has been with the club over the last three seasons. He had a short spell away to try and play higher at Matlock where he went with my blessing.

"It didn't work out for him at Matlock and it just showed what a good relationship I have with the kid when he picked the phone up and asked if he could return.

Harry Limb. Photo: Dan Allen (47620702)
Harry Limb. Photo: Dan Allen (47620702)

"I took all of 30 seconds to think about it because he's a quality player and such a top lad. I will miss him around the place and on the pitch too.

"I can speak for the whole club in saying we wish him well at his new club and in life in general as he deserves all the success in both.

"He's been nothing but committed to us, never missing training or matches, and he has put a lot of time in and a heck of a lot of travel."

Attacking duo Limb and Duffy are both moving on after finding their chances limited last season due to Stamford's free-scoring form and the expected arrival of a couple of new faces in the summer.

Former Burnley youngster Limb joined the Daniels two seasons ago from King's Lynn while Duffy arrived at the start of last term from Quorn.

Boss Drury commented: "I would like to wish Harry and Jack all the best as they will be leaving Stamford for pastures new.

Jack Duffy. Photo: Dan Allen (47620734)
Jack Duffy. Photo: Dan Allen (47620734)

"Both lads have found it tough to get game-time last season due to the quality in the side but, when the team kept winning like they were, it's hard to change it around.

"Both these lads are fantastic players and deserve to play and I fully support their decisions to move on.

"We will also have a three or four new faces arriving so the competition for places will be even tougher this season as we have to keep trying to move forward.

"On a personal note I can't thank Limbo and Duffs enough. They are both great lads on and off the pitch and I wish them well in everything they do in football and in life in general."

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