Club captain Darren Smith has left Stirling Albion following discussions with Binos boss Stuart McLaren.
Darren joined from Arbroath at the beginning of this year and was a key influence in the middle of the park as we went on to win promotion via the play-offs.
The 34-year-old former East Fife and Brechin player missed the start of 2014/15 through injury and has been limited to five starts this season.
Manager Stuart McLaren said: “It is always a difficult time when a decision is reached to allow someone of Darren’s quality and experience to leave a football club.
“That decision is magnified when the player in question is one of the game’s true gentlemen and a thorough professional. In the short time I have worked with Darren I have developed a great respect for him and wish him every success for the future.”
Darren Smith said: “I would like to thank everyone involved at Stirling Albion FC for the support shown to me over the past year I have been with the club.
“A special thanks goes to the chairman and board, as well as the new and old management teams for everything they have done for me – not forgetting my team-mates, who have been a pleasure to work with.
“I feel that now is the right time to go as we have a lot of good young players at the club and I realise that game time for myself was going to be limited moving forward.
“Stuart and Marty (Corrigan) want the game played in a certain way and under their guidance and knowledge I believe the young players will learn and develop quickly and progress the club forward.”
Chairman Stuart Brown added: “Darren’s contribution since joining us in January of this year has been considerable and it’s been a pleasure working with him, both as a player and specifically in his capacity as club captain.
“As Stuart (McLaren) has said, he’s indisputably one of the game’s true gentlemen and I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”