Club captain George Horan has confirmed his departure from Chester FC after four seasons.
Chester-born Horan led his hometown club to three successive league titles and will be forever remembered as a true club legend.
His inspirational leadership and outstanding performances in the heart of the back four over the past four seasons have been key to the club's remarkable rise.
Former boss Neil Young signed the 32-year-old in July 2010 from Droylsden. Over the next four seasons, Horan made 159 senior appearances and scored 20 goals.
Few players have made such an impact on the club and his departure marks the end of an era.
Blues boss Steve Burr was keen for Horan to remain next season and hoped the centre back would sign a new deal, although admitted the offer was on reduced terms.
But with Horan working full-time the move to daytime training would have been difficult, although the club was keen to find a solution that suited both parties.
Horan will have no shortage of offers from clubs in England and Wales, with Altrincham, Airbus UK Broughton, Colwyn Bay, FC United of Manchester and Gap Connah's Quay understood to be among his admirers.
Burr said: "George is Chester FC through and through and he's the type of player all managers would want.
"I know how much the club means to George and I would have liked him to stay and said that to him.
"But we can't keep him on the same type of money and I understand that George has got do what is best for him and his family."
Horan, who lives in Upton, confirmed his departure on Twitter on Friday morning.
He posted: "Won't be signing for Chester next year, time for a change. Been a pleasure to captain the side over the last four years. Had some great times.
"Big thanks to all Chester fans, staff and volunteers for your support. Wish everyone involved with the club success in the future. COYB."