Wingate & Finchley can announce that striker Leon Smith has left the club by mutual consent, and is set to join near neighbours Hendon. Smith has become increasingly frustrated by his lack of first team football this year, and Director of Football David Norman stated "Leon has been a fantastic servant to the football club over the last 5 seasons. He has had a major part in the club's success over this time. However it is now time for Leon to move on and rekindle the form of old. Leon is still only 28 years old and has lots of football to look forward to. I am immensely proud of him and what he has achieved here at Wingate - just five years ago Leon was playing Sunday league football and he has proven he can be a prolific goal scorer at this level. On Sunday I had a long conversation with him and we both felt that a fresh challenge would be in both the club's interest and his. I have put the wheels in motion for Leon to join Hendon as I feel that a new challenge will help him to get back on track. Leon will always be welcome here at Wingate & Finchley FC and has left the club with our best wishes for the future." Smith is the club's record scorer since being promoted to this level of the pyramid in 1995, with 110 goals, and we would all like to thank him for his services and look forward to seeing him again soon. Also, U21 Development side assistant manager Darren Yarlett is to leave the side by mutual consent. Stuart Crawford will be assisted by Paul Stevenson in the immediate future until a permanent coach is found, and Stuart in particular would like to thank Darren for all his hard work this year and wishes him well for his career.
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