MANAGER Dave Challinor has paid tribute to Luke Denson after the defender opted to leave AFC Fylde in search of more regular first team football.

Denson has rejoined his former side Colwyn Bay where he first linked up with the Coasters boss.

Challinor said: “’I had a good chat with Luke and although I would have kept him with us, I knew it was inevitable that he wanted to play regular first team football. He’s been great for me at both Colwyn Bay and here at AFC Fylde.

“He’s a great lad and someone I know could do a job for us in either full back role or at centre half and can trust him in any of those positions. He’s going back to a place he knows well and will be a fantastic addition to their team and most importantly he’ll be a regular. I can’t thank him enough for his attitude and commitment he has given me personally over the years I’ve been managing.”

The Coasters boss praised Denson’s attitude and willingness to do what was best for the club at all times.

He added: “ I had to make some really tough calls last season when Luke had played and done well but I chose to leave him out for the benefit of the team.
“I know this hurt him but not once did he sulk or moan and this sums up his character. He’ll be a real miss, not just for his versatility but as a valuable member of our dressing room. I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone at the club in wishing him well and he knows he’s welcome back anytime’.

Another player potentially moving on is Liam Tomsett after the option on his contract wasn’t exercised by the club.

Challinor said: “’It was a really tough call with Teddy as he’s been fantastic since he came to the club. The only negative is that he is very similar to other potential options we have in midfield in Brad Barnes and Caspar Hughes and I feel this is an area we need to be a little bit different if we are going to improve from last season.

“I’ve spoken to Teddy and will do as much as I can to get him sorted with a club as he deserves it. Again he’s another one that I’ve never had one issue with on or off the pitch and will be a big asset for someone.

“If he doesn’t get sorted early, I’ve told him he’s more than welcome to come in with us pre season as his location up in the Lake District is a restriction for him, so we may see him again. Again, like Luke, on behalf of everyone I can’t thank him enough for his application and professionalism.”