Date: 7th May 2014 at 8:33pm
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Torquay United have today announced the official departure of legend Kevin Nicholson from the club, confirming the rumours that circulated yesterday.

The left back has been with us for the past seven seasons and made more than 300 appearances for us in that time, and over the years he has become considered to be one of our greatest players and a Yellow legend.

Of course his eye for a goal and the spectacular has certainly helped endear him to fans.

Having joined us back in the summer of 2007, he has made exactly 300 starting appearances, with his last one coming back at the end of March in our one nil defeat to Southend United.

He has also made a further 12 appearances from the bench across all competitions, finding the net 12 times in the league and once in the FA Cup.

Speaking to the Official Site manager Chris Hargreaves said it was an immensely difficult decision to let Nicholson go because of the respect he has for him as both ‘a person and a player.’

‘He has been a magnificent servant to this club and a lot of people will be sorry to see Kev go. I just want to wish him all the best for his future.’

Having already announced that six players have been transfer listed, today also saw a bit more clarification from the gaffer on why some of those decision had been made.

Speaking specifically about Jordan Chapell and Nathan Craig, Hargreaves said he was looking forward to working with them both, but each of them wished to return closer to home.

‘Jordan has said he wants to be closer to home in Sheffield and that by Christmas he wasn’t enjoying it here, which has affected his form.’

Being a youngster Hargreaves says he does have sympathy with that but it is a shame because ‘I would have loved to work with (him). If we can get an interest in him and it works for the club, then great.’

The gaffer goes on to say that simply put, especially following relegation, he just can’t afford on any level to have a player here who doesn’t 100% want to be with us, as if we have people working and living in the area without enjoyment, it will impact on their form and performances, so when you get issues like this different priorities take over above simply a preferred first XI.

Craig is another ‘who expressed a desire to leave because he wants to get back closer to his home in North Wales.’

For Craig, Hargreaves adds that his agent had contacted the club looking for an agreement to be made on his contract but ultimately Torquay are ‘not in a policy of paying players’ up.’

‘I rate Nathan highly and wanted to work with him, but I don’t want to stand in his way if he’s not enjoying his time, so we’ve put him on the list to gauge reaction. If somebody comes in and it’s not one of our rivals, then we’ll think about it but I do have to protect the club’s interests.’