Andy Procter is leaving Accrington Stanley after deciding to call time on his playing career.

The midfielder has elected not to sign a new deal with the Reds and will instead depart to focus on his career as a physiotherapist.

With 446 Stanley appearances under his belt only Paul Mullin has worn the red shirt on more occasions than Procter, now 33.

He now plans to move into the medical department of a club and though he may remain registered as a player in case of emergency doesn’t anticipate pulling on the boots again.

“It’s a tough decision to leave Accrington,” he said. “It’s a club hugely close to my heart and I can’t thank everyone there enough for everything they’ve done over the years. It’s a brilliant club full of brilliant people but I feel like the time is right to start something new.

“I’ve been doing my physio qualifications for a while now and feel it’s a natural time to move into that side of the game. I hope to be able to move onto another club and gain invaluable experience of the medical side of things.

“Accrington has given me the best moments of my playing career and it will always be the first result I look for. I’m sure the lads can have another great season under John and Jimmy.”