Liam Tongue to leave Hyde United

POPULAR player Liam Tongue will leave Hyde United following the recent end of the season.

The Tigers insisted talks over new terms are ongoing when it released details of its squad for the 2023/24 campaign.

But the midfielder, a local lad, revealed he is saying goodbye.

Liam Tongue. ~Image by Carl Ennis Photography

Tongue, who works as a sport education tutor and foundation degree lead at Premier League new boys Sheffield United’s community foundation, said: “Unfortunately my time at the club has come to an end after a fantastic journey.

“People won’t know what it’s like until they’ve been part of the club.

“The bond between the club, fans, staff, volunteers and players is like no other. Over my time I’ve built up some fantastic memories and some fantastic relationships.

“We’ve had some great laughs, great nights out and even better celebrations. I thank you for the memories you have made that will never be forgotten.

Hyde United v Atherton Collieries FC (2)
Liam Tongue (now known as ‘knock-off Jesus) – Carl Ennis Photography

“You lot are a credit to the club and I wish you all the very best.”

Tongue, 25, is one of several departures at Hyde as manager Nick Spooner looks to shape his squad for a tilt at the Northern Premier League title.

Javid Neavin, Manasse Mampala, Edy Maieco, Alex Perry, Rio McEvoy, Alex Sami and Eddie Brown have all been released while Dane McCullough, Will Russ, Tom Lorpenda and A-Jay Leitch Smith will return to their parent club after loan spells.

Talks are ongoing with Callum Spooner, Tom Pratt, Dan Atherton, Jordan Fagbola and Craig Carney and Harry Ditchfield, Matthew Fearnley, Aaron Fleming and Adam Dawson have agreed new terms.

Bradley Roscoe and Jack Redshaw are already under contract for next season.

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