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Andy Monkhouse makes Ossett United move

Andy Monkhouse has departed Whitby Town Football Club, opting to sign for Evo-Stik Division One East side Ossett United.

The former Hartlepool United man has agreed the deal, moving him closer to home and allowing Monkhouse to focus more on a shift into coaching.

Speaking about his move, the midfielder had nothing but positive words about the club.

“Everyone has been spot on with me. The chairman, the manager, everyone I’ve spoken to has been understanding,” Monkhouse told whitby-town.com.

“I have nothing but good things to say about the football club, the people and the supporters have been brilliant with me. I’ve loved my time here.

“Last season wasn’t brilliant, but as a club, from the very top to the very bottom, we all stuck together and fought through to get ourselves safe. That says it all about this club.

“This season, we’ve started well. I’m confident that Whitby will be more than safe this season.

“I wish everyone at Whitby Town all the best for the future.”

Monkhouse made 52 appearances for the Blues, scoring the one goal, under Chris Hardy, and the Blues boss, while disappointed, was full of praise for him.

“From a personal point of view, I’m disappointed with the news that Monks now looks to play his football elsewhere,” Hardy said.

“Once he explained his reasons, it became clear as to why he now feels a more local location for him to commute to and from was necessary. With a bigger work load in his personal life, the travel involved with ourselves has proved to much.

“While Monks has been been with us he’s been the model professional from start to finish. The club hasn’t seen much in the form of success since he’s been involved but he’s always remained positive an professional.

“With a change of position this season, now playing centre half, I feel he’s really delivered top performances and found form that I’ve really been pleased with.

“I’d personally like to thank Monks for his efforts in the past season and a half, and wish him all the best in his new challenge.”