Gavin Morrison has called time on his Brora Rangers career after having his contract cancelled by the club by mutual consent.
The midfielder has moved to Dunfermline due to work commitments and his change in work and family circumstances has led to him being granted his release by the Highland League leaders.
Brora player-manager Steven Mackay has reluctantly granted the 30 year-old’s request and is disappointed at seeing Morrison leave the club.
He said: “It is not a decision that Gavin or I took lightly and we had many conversations on the matter but the fact that he lives and works in Dunfermline and was commuting to games alone was making it difficult for him to prepare correctly and perform.
“I admire the fact that he has been able to do it since the start of the season but the arrangement was no longer sustainable.
His first child is due any day which was making an already challenging set up, even more complex. Therefore our decision to release him, although very difficult, is the correct one.
“It is never easy when a player leaves our football club and in Gavin we are saying farewell to a player that has given more than most to Brora and has been instrumental in bringing all the success that we have all enjoyed since season 2013-14.
“League titles, cup triumphs and some incredible Scottish Cup journeys that will stay with us all forever. A mainstay in our midfield, a leader, a top professional and a hugely popular figure in our dressing room who will be missed by us all but he goes with our very best wishes.”
Club Chairman William Powrie added: “Gavin has recently moved from Inverness down to Dunfermline for work purposes and the weekly journey back to the Highlands was proving arduous and far from the ideal preparation for a match.
“Gavin will be missed by all involved at the club, but he has enjoyed much success with the Cattachs including a brace of Highland League titles and cup successes.
“We are very fortunate that we have current players that can fill Gavin’s boots, as we all enter the business end of the season and set our sights on the league title and beyond.”
Morrison commented on his departure on Twitter yesterday.
He wrote: “Not an easy decision to make but just want to thank everyone at Brora Rangers for understanding my situation . A club that I now love and that has given me so much. I wish nothing but the best for Brora going forward. Hopefully see you soon.”