Terry Gornell has left Accrington Stanley by mutual consent.

The striker, who was in his third spell at the Wham Stadium, had a year left on his contract but both club and the player have decided to terminate the deal.

Gornell had limited chances last season due to the form of Billy Kee, Shay McCartan and Sean McConville.

Manager John Coleman said: “It’s sad to see Terry go, he was a great professional around the place and he was beneficial to younger players over the last couple of years.

“Despite his frustration of not playing, he never let his head drop and it’s testament to the character of the man that he didn’t try and hold out for money to leave on a severance pay off but was happy to shake hands and look for a new challenge. In ┬áthis day and age, it’s refreshing to see.

“I couldn’t stop him with his wish to play football, I know how much he wants to be playing football but with the way we play, it means Billy Kee was very much our first choice and I think Terry saw that his chances were limited again this season. He has decided to play football elsewhere and that’s smashing that he wants to play football and not just pick up the money.”

Gornell said: “I just want to thank the club and thank the fans for all their support over the years. I wish everyone at Accrington Stanley all the best and will continue to look out for their results in the future. I have enjoyed my time at Accrington – it will always be a special club to me.”

Gornell, 28, first came to Stanley on loan from Tranmere in 2008, and was part of the side which reached the play-off semi-finals in 2011.

He left to join Shrewsbury and had spells at Rochdale and Cheltenham before rejoining the Reds in February 2015.

Gornell scored four goals last season but was limited to appearances off the bench.

Everyone at Accrington Stanley wishes Terry Gornell all the best with his future career.