Bland: You've been exceptional

Bland: You’ve been exceptional

Departing goalkeeper Shane Bland has issued a statement to Blues fans, thanking them for the support given to him over the last four years.

Bland said: “After 221 games and now into my fifth season with the club, I can say I’ve had an amazing time here.

“To date we’ve had many ups and downs, surviving relegation two seasons in a row to just missing out on play-off places last season, add to that being victorious at the Riverside Stadium in the North Riding Senior Cup.

“An opportunity has presented itself to play at a higher level and it’s a opportunity that, at this stage in my career, I could not turn down.

“I’d like to place on record my thanks and gratitude to the Whitby Town supporters, who have been nothing but exceptional, the management team and a superb group of team mates.

“I wish everybody at Whitby Town all the best in the future.”