We can confirm that midfielder Joe Cardle has left AFC Fylde by mutual consent.

Cardle joined the club during the summer and scored two goals in 17 competitive appearances with his last against Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Manager Dave Challinor said:

‘Joe has found the last month really difficult from an ‘off-field’ perspective with his personal circumstances as his wife and young family still live up in Scotland. Their plan was to relocate but this, unfortunately, hasn’t materialised.’

‘I had a good chat with him and as a club, we have reluctantly agreed to go our separate ways to allow him to move back North of the border to be with his family.’

‘He goes with our best wishes and a personal thanks from myself and all of the squad. He’ll be missed by everyone but it’s important he does what is best for him at this time.’

Everyone at AFC Fylde wishes Joe Cardle all the very best as he moves on from the club.