Marcus Carver has left Accrington Stanley after rejecting his contract offer but has left on good terms with everyone at the club.

The 22-year-old striker came through the youth ranks at Stanley but has found first team chances limited.

He has spent time out on loan at Marine, Barrow, Fylde, Halifax and Chorley in his six years at the Wham Stadium and is now in talks with non league clubs for next season.

“It was a hard decision but, at my age, I need regular first team football,” said Great Harwood-born Carver. “I saw the manager and was totally honest with him and it was all respectful and we finished on good terms.

“It does hurt as I have been at Accrington a long time but I have got to do what is the best for me. I have got to move my career forward and I don’t want to be a bench player.

“I have had a great experience at Accrington. I have been there since Under 15 level and have learnt a lot from all the managers I have played under.

“I was just coming through the youth team when John Coleman was first in charge and then Paul Cook gave me my a chance to play in the first team.

“I was involved under Leam Richardson and then made around 26 appearances the season under James Beattie and when John Coleman came back to Accrington.

“I can’t complain about limited chances last season as Billy Kee has been in the form of his life and I have played with some great players and learnt a lot from each of them.

“Looking at my highlights, the special moments were scoring at Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup and scoring the winner against Notts County in the FA Cup.”

Carver added: “The fans have been brilliant with me, as has everyone at the club. I am gutted but I need to crack on now in my career.  The gaffer said, as I have been such a good servant to the club, the will waive a fee so I can now progress my career elsewhere which I am grateful for. I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way.

“I don’t think I have shown what I can do so I want to go away, build up my confidence, show everyone my talents and who knows? One day I may come back as it is my hometown club.”

Everyone at Accrington Stanley wishes Marcus all the best.