We can confirm that, due to a change in personal circumstances, veteran defender Joe Shelley has decided to leave the club.
A Horsham stalwart, ‘Biff’ ends his career at the club having made a total of 170 appearances, scoring 33 goals.
The 39-year-old recorded 34 appearances and scored three goals last season.
Joe first joined the club in July 2015, following in the path of first team manager, and close friend, Dom Di Paola.
Having previously played under Dom at Clymping, Worthing United and East Preston, the pair teamed up again in 2015 when Joe captained the Hornets to Southern Combination Premier success and immediate promotion back to the Isthmian League.
Picking up the Supporters’ Player of the Season award that year, Joe decided to remain in the Southern Combination the following season, joining Pagham, before ending up at Horsham YMCA.
In October 2017 he was coaxed back to the club where he has remained an ever-present at the heart of the defence, ever since.
Speaking on his departure, Dom said: “Personally, I’m a bit gutted because of how long he’s been with us.
“It’s a shame because I’d love to have seen him retire with us and I think, had the season started as it normally would, and the games were more padded out, it would be easier for him to commit.”
He continued: “He’s a legend of the football club, for what he’s done over the last five years, and he goes with our best wishes. He’s been a brilliant player for us, a brilliant player for me, and been involved with everything good.”
Thank you, and best of luck, Biff!
Main photo: Joe Shelley celebrating his match-winning header at Lewes last season