Defender Paddy Miller has dealt a blow to Tadcaster Albion’s title hopes after rejoining former club Farsley Celtic AFC.
Miller was a surprising omission from Albion’s squad to face Pickering Town on Friday evening, which the Brewers won 4-1 to return to the top of the NCEL Premier.
The defender, who has also played for Bradford Park Avenue and Scarborough Athletic, joined Albion under Paul Marshall at the start of the 2014/15 season.
He was an integral part of the squad which took the club on their record run to the FA Vase quarter finals and a third placed finish in the league.
New Albion boss Billy Miller retained the defender’s services when taking over from Marshall and reverted him from left-back to centre-half last month.
The boss said: “Paddy has made a decision to move up a league and go back to Farsley where he did so well and made a real name for himself at centre-half.
“If the opportunity comes along, sometimes players have to take that.
“It’s non league football, players move all the time. Paddy is no exception to that. You only need to look at the league website to see how many players are moving about between teams.”
Albion striker Danny Gray also left the club on Friday morning, signing for Pickering Town in time to play against the Brewers that night.
Miller said the club were in talks with two possible players to bring into the squad, but the transfer business had yet to be completed.
On replacing the outgoing duo, he said: “We have Nick Thompson to come back in and there’s one or two that we are speaking to at the moment in time.
“We will see what develops out of them.
“Those players have decided it was there time to move on from the club and we wish all those players well, especially Paddy.
“He has been a great servant to the club and played in every game up, until tonight, that we had including pre-season.
“We can only wish players like that good luck.”