Gloveman Crook on his way out of Town

Goalkeeper Peter Crook is leaving Harrogate Town. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Goalkeeper Peter Crook is leaving Harrogate Town. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate Town goalkeeper Peter Crook has been confirmed as the latest player to be exiting the club this summer.

It was revealed earlier this month that eight members of the first team squad would be on their way out of the CNG Stadium when their contracts came to an end, and following the conclusion of further discussions, Town announced that Crook, defender Lewis Turner and striker Chib Chilaka will also depart.

The National League North outfit are making preparations for life as a full-time professional side in 2017/18, and a large turnover in personnel has already begun.

England C international Crook spent four seasons with the club and became a mainstay of the side, his impressive displays earning him a trial with Premier League Burnley in July 2016 and resulting in him being scouted by Football League clubs including Leeds United and Burnley last season.

Following his exit he Tweeted: ‘Thanks to @HarrogateTown and @HTAFCSupporters for the past 4 seasons. Thoroughly enjoyed it but time for a change and a new challenge.’

Club captain Danny Ellis, fellow centre-half Luke Shiels, striker JP Pittman, midfielders Andi Thanoj, Joe Colbeck, Tom Platt and Wayne Brooksby, and gloveman Chris Elliott are also on their way, but top-scorer Simon Ainge and midfielders Warren Burrell and Joe Leesley have all signed new deals.

Attacker Jordan Thewlis will return to Town and Josh Falkingham has joined the club from Darlington.

Thewlis, 24, can operate anywhere across the front line and made 24 appearances for the Sulphurites before spending a season helping Gainsborough Trinity avoid relegation, but will now link up with his former teammates on a full-time basis.

Leeds-based midfielder Falkingham, 26, boasts Arbroath, Dunfermline and St Johnstone among his former clubs.