Paul Clayton leaves Alfreton Town to take up two-year deal at Harrogate Town

Paul Clayton starts to celebrate after scoring Alfretons third equaliser.
Paul Clayton starts to celebrate after scoring Alfretons third equaliser.

Alfreton Town have released striker Paul Clayton early from his contract.

The deal was struck to allow Clayton to take up a two-year contract offer with Harrogate Town, where he has been on loan since Christmas Eve 2014.

Clayton (30) said leaving Alfreton Town, who he joined on New Year’s Eve in 2007, had been a tough decision

“It was never going to be an easy decision, but this is too good an opportunity for me to pass up and it is time to move on,” he said.

“I am pleased to say there are no hard feelings anywhere and it is nice that I can leave on good terms with the chairman, manager, and everyone else at Alfreton.

“I would like to thank the Alfreton supporters for their terrific support over the last eight seasons. The club has been a major part of me for the majority of my footballing career and will remain a part of me forever, especially the relationship with the fans.

“I have had an unbelievable time here that will stay with me forever. I have met some great people, unreal fans and a great chairman.

“I wish the club well in their bid to stay in the Conference Premier division and I am sure they will.

“You never know, I might end up back at Alfreton one day somewhere down the line, and I will definitely be looking out for the club’s results.

Clayton made his debut for Alfreton on January 1st, 2008, scoring in a 2-1 home win over Hucknall Town.

It was the first of 311 appearances for the club and he leaves as the fifth highest appearance maker in the club’s history behind Johnny Harrison (561), Peter Ford (348), Matt Walsh (342) and Dave Griffiths (314).

Clayton scored 114 goals for the Reds, making him the third highest ever goalscorer for Alfreton behind Johnny Harrison (303) and Phil Stafford (121).

Paul won two England C international caps whilst with the Reds where he also won a Conference North title winners’ medal.