Appleton leaves the Steelmen

Edi Appleton has left Corby Town

Edi Appleton has left Corby Town

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Defender Edi Appleton has left Corby Town.

The centre-half revealed his departure from Steel Park on social media this morning.

Steelmen boss Tommy Wright has now confirmed the news and insisted Appleton’s exit had happened on good terms after the defender was only a unused substitute during the 2-2 draw at Curzon Ashton on the opening day of the Vanarama National League North campaign.

Appleton played a key role in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title success last season before an Achilles injury cut his campaign short.

And Wright said: “I have stood in front of numerous people before and told them how highly I rate Edi both as a footballer and as a man.

“He has been a popular figure in the dressing-room but with the arrival of Aaron Brown, he has found himself on the bench.

“At his age, that isn’t where he wants to be but he has left on good terms.”

Appleton confirmed he exit from the club on Twitter by saying: “Massive thanks to everyone at @corbytownfc and most importantly the fans for a great year and a bit. Wish u all the luck. Time for a change.”

The Steelmen are currently preparing for their first home game of the season when they take on Gloucester City at Steel Park on Wednesday night.