Horsham captain Jamie Cade has quit the club to concentrate on work commitments.
The experienced striker and last season’s players’ and supporters’ player of the year has netted 31 goals in 84 appearances over two spells with the Hornets.
The former pro has decided to take a break from the game to concentrate on his business, admitting things had become difficult for him to commit himself fully to the club since going self-employed and felt his irregular availability was harming the side’s progress.
Cade has missed three of Horsham’s last four matches prior to the weekend’s trip to Three Bridges, and admitted that his inclusion in the starting 11 at Jubilee Walk had a bearing on his decision to take a break.
Speaking to Hornets Review, he said: “I’m a plumber and heating specialist by trade and went self-employed in February but really didn’t expect the work to come in like it has.
“I think that Saturday made my mind up for me. The lads had just beaten Sittingbourne 6-2 then I came in and we lost which made me think that the situation would be better if I’m out of the equation so Gary can get on with it and not disrupt the side because of me being in and out all the time”.
“Although I’m taking a break, I’m hoping that’s all it is. I’m thirty next year so I’ve got plenty of years ahead of me still and I’ve asked John Lines to hold my registration because when the time comes to get back playing,
“Gary is the first man I’d call. Whether he still wants me then or not is another matter! Ideally I’d love to be back before the end of the season but I know that I have a lot of work coming up over the next few months so we’ll have to see how things pan out.”