Carlos Meakin has left New Mills AFC after seven seasons at Church Lane.
Meakin, who has made the switch to Evo-Stik Premier Division side Nantwich Town, has led the scoring charts for the Millers in all seven of his seasons at the club, amassing a staggering 194 goals in 284 appearances to sit fourth in their all-time list of goalscorers.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision but as you are all aware I am now 31-years-old and want to take this opportunity to play at a higher level,” said the player.
“I have made many friends at the Millers and wish to thank Ray and Sue (Coverley) for their support and friendship, the committee and fans for the affection and support they have showed me.
“Roy (Soule) is a good manager and I believe he will continue the success at New Mills that I have been so proud to be a part of.”
Meakin arrived at Church Lane in October 2006, marking his Millers debut with a goal in the 2-1 triumph over Padiham.
Over seven seasons he made 222 league and 62 cup appearances, scoring 142 and 52 goals respectively, including ten hat-tricks.
He also picked up a full house of North West Counties Football League honours, including the Division One and Premier Division Championships in 2008 and 2011 respectively, the Division One Trophy in 2007 and the League Cup in 2009.
New Mills chairman Ray Coverley said: “While we are sad that Carlos is leaving the club after we missed out on promotion at the end of season, it is understandable that he wants to take this opportunity to play at the higher level.
“I am sure everyone wishes Carlos continued success at Nantwich Town. We have spoken in length to Carlos and he will not be a stranger at the club. He lives locally and the door will never be closed both on and off the pitch.”