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Former Charlton, Bolton and Stevenage defender Lawrie Wilson is leaving Ebbsfleet United after two and a half years with the club

Defender Lawrie Wilson won’t be offered a new deal at Ebbsfleet United, the club have confirmed.

The 32-year-old has been with the club for two and a half years, signing from Port Vale in January 2018, and says he still hopes to carry on playing.

Lawrie Wilson is leaving Ebbsfleet United Picture: Sean Aidan
Lawrie Wilson is leaving Ebbsfleet United Picture: Sean Aidan

He told the Fleet’s official website that: “I’m not hanging up the boots just yet and will probably be playing more part-time to pursue outside interests and other future career aspects so I certainly hope to see everyone again if football takes me back to the Fleet.

“This past season we obviously struggled but we worked hard to find a turning point, we earned it and I think in all likelihood we would have stayed up given 46 games to achieve it.

“I’d just like to thank all the Fleet fans who got behind the boys since my time at the club. But that’s football, we all move on.”

Wilson previously played in the Championship with Charlton, after progressing through their youth team, and won promotion with Bolton Wanderers.

He had plenty of success with Stevenage and has also played for Rotherham and Peterborough. He has also had loans spells at Welling United and Maidstone United.

Wilson, who was club captain, leaves after making 78 appearances for Fleet.

Jamie Grimes has left Ebbsfleet United Picture: Sean Aidan
Jamie Grimes has left Ebbsfleet United Picture: Sean Aidan

Fleet have also announced the departure of 29-year-old defender Jamie Grimes.

The former Dover player spent a season with the club, making 35 appearances, and he posted a message on Twitter, saying: "Thanks for all the support during the season. Tough season for us players on and off the pitch but the support from the fans was always outstanding."

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