AFC Fylde can confirm that right-back Connor Barrett has turned down the new contract offered to him in May, and he will be leaving the Club upon the expiry of his current contract on 30th June.

In January, Connor was offered an improved contract which would have kept him at the Club for two years and made him one of the highest earners at AFC Fylde, however he has decided to depart having made 81 appearances, scoring seven goals and registering 17 assists during that time.

After signing in the summer of 2022 from Kettering, Barrett became an important member of the squad, helping the Coasters win promotion back to the fifth-tier of English football as Vanarama National League North champions in his first campaign.

Last season, with the Club back in the Vanarama National League, Barrett featured on 41 occasions in all competitions, finding the net against Nuneaton in the FA Trophy, away at Altrincham and a memorable solo effort in a 3-1 victory away at Dorking Wanderers.

Chairman David Haythornthwaite said “I loved Connor and we did everything possible to keep him at the club. Fortunately, as Connor is under the age of 24, he can’t leave for nothing and we will be due a compensation fee for him. Walsall made us an offer which we turned down as we thought it was derisory, and so we will therefore be going to an FA Tribunal.”

Everyone at AFC Fylde would like to wish Connor the very best for his future career after leaving the Football Club.