Published: 00:00, 20 May 2014 |
Updated: 21:31, 20 May 2014
Adebayo Akinfenwa has rejected the offer of extending his stay at Gillingham.
The striker was one of only a few out of contract player to be offered a new deal at the end of the season.
He scored 10 goals for the Gills and assisted many more to become a firm favourite with fans.
The big striker picked up the third place trophy in the supporters’ player-of-the-year awards at the end of the season.
Boss Peter Taylor said: “Sadly we have been unable to agree terms on a new deal and so Bayo will be leaving the club.
“I have the utmost respect for Bayo. He has been a superb ambassador for Gillingham and scored some very important goals for us last season.
“He has been a model professional, a great character to have around the place and I have very much enjoyed working with him.”
Akinfenwa was in his second spell at the Gills, having first joined in 2010, where he spent a season inbetween spells with Northampton Town. He made 46 appearances during the 2010/11 season, scoring 11 goals and striking up a deadly partnership with Cody McDonald.
The pair were reunited again at the start of the 2013/14 campaign, although former boss Martin Allen at first opted not to play the two upfront together.
Taylor's arrival as manager saw Akinfenwa and McDonald partnered more often but the big striker was often rested, meaning he had to make do with playing only bit-parts in games. Nevertheless, he ended the season with 10 goals from 17 league starts.
He leaves with 83 appearances behind him for Gills and 21 goals.
Commenting on his departure, Akinfenwa said: "I enjoyed my time at Gillingham 100% and I haven’t got a bad word to say about the club."
@daRealAkinfenwa It's been an absolute pleasure. Thanks for all the help with me, means a lot. All the best next year & have a nice summer!— Callum Davies (@callumjdavies8) May 20, 2014
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.