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Jack Higgins to Leave Farsley

We are saddened to announce that popular defender Jack Higgins has left the club.

Higgins, who made 89 appearances for the club after joining from Warrington in 2018, has had a change in his personal circumstances which means he is unable to commit to playing.

The centre-half explained his decision, saying: “It’s a sad time having cut short my time at Farsley but it’s the right decision to make. I’ve got to focus on my family and my work, both of which have seen a significant change in recent weeks.

“I recently signed a new contract and was looking forward to my third season at the club, but I’ve got to look longer-term, and with this in mind I’ve decided to step away from playing completely.

“Farsley is, without doubt, the best dressing room I’ve been in. There’s a humbleness about the lads that you don’t often see – a set of real down to earth characters. The squad of players really reflects the club and its volunteers – the management team too. Without a doubt, I’ll miss the environment the most. We’ve enjoyed some really good moments.

“Then, of course, there’s Will Hayhurst – we’ve travelled in together for three years now. A really good friend, like many of the other lads, and I’ll stay in touch with them all if I can.”

Higgins, an integral member of our 2018/19 title-winning squad, also discussed his favourite moments at the club, as he continued: “I know the lads will remember the Gainsborough game – that goes down well!

“But there’s too many to mention really, Matlock away scoring in the last minute is one. Whitby and Grantham towards the end of the season when we blew both of them away and enjoyed good trips home. The games against South Shields stand out.

“And obviously the league title win at Marine – a great day (and night) for all involved.

“I think all of my best moments will just roll into one. It’s been a really enjoyable time at Farsley, with some great people.

“Adam Lakeland has to take credit for that too. I’ve only known him two years but he’s someone I’ve got the utmost respect for.

“He’s got a habit of creating a really special bond between people. He’s a really infectious person who we all love playing for. Usually, in non-league you get a coach or a manager – he’s both in one and he’ll do well in the game.

“Finally, I just want to thank all the Farsley fans and people behind the scenes for making me feel so welcome from day one, and I wish them the best of luck for this season and beyond.”

Adam Lakeland added his thoughts on the news, as he said: “It’s disappointing for us as a club and as a group because first and foremost he was a great lad, a fantastic character just to have around the club and around the dressing room in general.

“Obviously on the pitch, he’s been fantastic for us, in the season when we won promotion, he was an absolute man mountain.

“Whilst we are disappointed, it’s fantastic for him in his personal career and I’m sure he’ll go on and make every success of it.

“As the manager and on behalf of all the staff, players and everybody at the club, I’d like to wish him all the best and thank him for his services in his time here.”

Everyone at Farsley would like to wish Jack all the best for the future – we’ll all remember when we went to Gainsborough and scored five, oh what a night!

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