Misery Gutts Is Off

Midfielder Luke Guttridge has left the club and has had his contract terminated by mutual consent. The 29 year old joined the club in the summer of 2010 and made 80 appearances netting 13 goals.

Shots manager Dean Holdsworth told the clubs official website: “Luke and I had a frank conversation and I have detected that he has not been a happy and motivated player recently. We shared our views honestly and agreed that the most important thing is what is right for Aldershot Town Football Club and Luke.

“Luke is able to move on to a new challenge in his life and his departure provides me with the opportunity to bring another player in for the future. It is about focussing on the team at the moment and I want a positive squad throughout. It was a tough decision but an easy one because we both wanted the same thing.

“Luke’s contract would have expired in the summer and I feel that he would have moved on then. He has been a good player for me and I thank him for his services to the club and wish him well in his career.”

Luke has amassed over 400 appearances in a career that has also seen service with Cambridge United, Southend United and Northampton Town.

Upon departing the Devon born player stold the clubs official site: “I have mixed feelings. It is exciting what is out there in front of me and I am looking for a challenge that suits me but it was emotional saying goodbye to the lads.

“I have enjoyed my time at Aldershot Town. We experienced an excellent cup run in the Carling Cup and that will remain with me forever, especially the West Ham United match and to play Manchester United too. I scored some good goals during my time too and I wish the club all the best for the future.”