1874 NORTHWICH have announced that Paul Connor, one of their longest-serving players, is to leave the club after five years.

The full-back departs with more than 200 appearances to his name, a figure that ranks him second only to captain Matthew Woolley on an all-time list since supporters decided to start their own team in 2013.

“Paul has been a hugely popular player that gave his all for the cause,” read a brief statement issued by 1874.

“The term ‘legend’ is overused in football, but in the eyes of our supporters he will always be one.”

Connor, 29, made 39 appearance last season.

However he was an unused substitute for a 1-0 win against City of Liverpool in the Macron Cup final when co-managers Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison preferred Sam Hind - not a specialist in that position - at right-back.

The Guardian understands he has received an offer from another North West Counties League Premier Division club.

“I’ve had an amazing time but the moment has come to move on,” said Connor.

“I’d like to thank the fans, who, for this level of football, are something else.

“Their support, both home and away, from the start has been incredible and just one of the reasons why 1874 is so special.

“It’s been a pleasure to play for them.”

He transferred to Northwich from Maine Road before the start of the 2014-2015 season, making his debut at AFC Blackpool.

The wide-man, later converted to a defender, scored his only goals for the club during the same campaign when Northwich collected maximum points in meetings with Bacup & Rossendale and Abbey Hey.

His last start was another victory, this time against Runcorn Town in April.