Barnes on way out at Fylde

Barnes - on his way

Barnes - on his way

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Winger Michael Barnes has left AFC Fylde, having made over 250 appearances for the club

The 26-year-old former Manchester United youngster has spent the past six seasons at Kellamergh Park, becoming a firm fans’ favourite.

He managed to scored six goals in 35 appearances last season, despite an injury-hit campaign.

Barnes was named players’ player of the Year and Supporters’ Club player of the year two seasons running, featuring in both th Evo-Stik Division One North and Evo-Stik Premier Division teams of the season.

Manager Dave Challinor said: “Barnesy has been great for us and a mainstay in the side. Our pace in wide areas is something we’re renowned for and he has been a big part of that.

“We had to make a difficult decision as he’s been out for long periods over the last two seasons with injuries.

“As he was one of our top earners, we can’t afford to have him not involved. This, combined with the emergence of Dion Charles, and Cory Bent led us to this decision.”

Chairman David Haythornthwaite said: “Michael has been a terrific servant to this club and has been instrumental in helping us reach the level we are at today.”