MOSSLEY AFC are not revealing the reasons for the abrupt departures of Adam Jones and Max Leonard while club legend Mike Fish has also left Seel Park.
Manager Dave Wild denied there had been a bust-up with rumours swirling around on social media over why they have moved on.
“One or two things have happened and they have been dealt with in-house and we move on,” explained Wild.
Leonard, who remains a contracted player with the Lilywhites, has joined North West Counties League side Golcar on a season-long loan.
Fish, who scored 101 goals in 313 matches across four spells at Mossley, has also joined Golcar.
Wild said: “I’ll always be grateful for the efforts Mike has put into this club, especially in the opening stages of my time here.
“His goals really did get the momentum we now have going and for that I’ll always owe him on a personal level.
“I had a positive meeting with Mike in which he expressed a desire to play more, something I could not guarantee.
“It was decided it best for him to move on. I respect the decision and Mike has earned the right to dictate his status and there will always be a season-ticket on the door for him. He is undoubtedly a club legend and will always be welcome here.”
Fish, who last season reached the milestone of 300 games and 100 goals for Mossley, is in firth place on Mossley’s list of all-time leading goalscorers.
Jones, meanwhile, has signed for North West Counties League side New Mills.
Wild pointed out all three players have joined clubs two divisions lower than Mossley in the football pyramid.
Centre-back Jones, who was Mossley’s vice-captain, began his career in Stalybridge Celtic’s academy.
Quickly becoming a fan’s favourite at Seel Park, he was voted supporters’ player of the year in his debut Mossley season. He made 46 appearances for the Lilywhites and scored 10 goals.
Striker Leonard finished as top scorer at Mossley last season with 24 goals, though 12 of them were from the penalty spot from where he enjoyed 100 per cent record with the Lilywhites.
Having begun his career as a junior at Huddersfield Town he hit the headlines scoring 42 goals for AFC Emley in the 2012-13 season.
Leonard made 49 appearances for Mossley and, as a contracted player, has now been made available for transfer with his name circulated to clubs in the NPL and higher.
Mossley have signed winger James Baillie, 23, from Curzon Ashton.
Baillie began his career at Crewe Alexandra for whom he made 18 first-team appearances.
He joined Curzon in September 2016 and made 56 appearances, scoring one goal.
Wild revealed he had spoken to Baillie in the summer but the player decided to stay at Curzon who are two divisions higher than ourselves.
He said: “My assistant John Flanagan took James to Curzon and helped with his development.
“He plays mainly right wing and has pace, is direct and has a brilliant delivery. He is young and hungry and exactly the calibre of player we are looking to recruit.
“James was outstanding in the recent wins against Workington Town and City of Liverpool when his pedigree shone through and he showed he will be a great addition.”