The defender joined the club in the summer of 2017 and was the only member of the current squad signed by previous manager Gary Elphick.

He made his debut in the opening day defeat at Metropolitan Police and despite the upheaval of Elphick’s departure early that season he established himself as a pivotal part of the defence under Adam Hinshelwood.

Despite an injury plagued four-year spell at the club the 24-year-old managed over 100 appearances, scoring four times, including one in the 3-2 win over East Thurrock last month.

Alfie Young in action against Hendon in 2017

He has fallen down the pecking order in recent weeks and despite admiration for the defender, Hinshelwood felt the time was right for him to move on:

“Alfie is a great player and character, he’s been superb for me since I came in – but with the emergence of some our younger players he’s found himself out the team and he’s at an age now where he needs to be playing week in week out”.

“Plus the opportunity to sign for a club closer to where he lives makes sense”.

Young won’t have to wait too long to return to the Crucial Environmental Stadium with the Scholars due to visit in the league on Saturday 6th November.

We would like to thank Alfie for his commitment during his time at the club and wish him well for the future.