Jon McCarthy has paid a glowing tribute to Jon Worsnop following the goalkeeper's departure from Chester FC earlier this week.

Worsnop and the Blues mutually parted company on Wednesday with the goalkeeper leaving in a bid to get more first-team football as he looked to balance playing the game with personal business interests and family life.

And Blues boss McCarthy has revealed the reasons behind Worsnop's departure and how he will always be a welcome face at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.

Said the Chester boss: "Jon is older now and although he was completely committed to this football club he is a bright lad and is doing really well in his businesses away from football. He had different decisions to make based on his family.

"I have a really good relationship with Jon, I always have had. I text him yesterday, he knows he is always very welcome here and I'll be sorting the tickets out for him. It is the right thing for both parties."

Jon Worsnop in action for Chester FC during the FA Cup clash at Barnsley

The 33-year-old, who arrived at the club in the summer of 2014 from Alfreton Town, often divided opinion between Chester fans but McCarthy hopes that he will be remembered for all the right reasons and hailed the bravery of his former keeper, whose crowning glory for the club was his memorable display in the 0-0 FA Cup second round draw at Barnsley in December 2014 where he played on despite suffering fractures in his cheek and jaw during the game at Oakwell.

"People remember," said McCarthy.

"That season when we had the cup run he was outstanding. That was how he earned his two-year contract.

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"He was one of the quickest goalkeepers I've ever seen off his line. There is a special type of bravery to that and he made a lot of key last-minute saves for us.

"Barnsley typified that. We knew he had broken bones in his face and we knew he had done that in the game. It was really painful for him and the physio said he should go off but he wouldn't.

"He made some crucial saves for us that day and there was one with 30 seconds to go which would have broken everyone's hearts and seen us go out. That was really important financially for the club. We were able to have that celebration at the end because of what he did."

Chester are already looking for a replacement for Worsnop with McCarthy suggesting that a deal could possibly be done in time for the visit of Dover on Saturday.