Eastbourne Borough can confirm the departure of midfielder Jack Paxman.

Paxman leaves Priory Lane after terminating his contract by mutual consent, with the playmaker keen to play closer to home and his young family.

He departs having made twenty appearances for the Sports since joining in the summer, scoring two goals – both coming in the 3-2 defeat at Yeovil Town in September.

“First of all I want to thank Simon, Alan and Mark for bringing me to the club and believing in me to be part of the journey,” said Paxman.

“I just want to make it clear that the decision to move on from the club is not a football-based decision at all – but completely personal.

“I have taken the decision for me and my family to begin playing part time to peruse other career opportunities outside of football to secure my families long term future.

“I can assure all the fans that although times are extremely tough right now, the owner’s intentions and plans for this club are nothing but positive.

“I know the future will be bright so please keep believing.

“I am gutted that I couldn’t do more to help the club head in the direction the fans and everyone behind the scenes the deserve.

“I have nothing but love for everyone at Eastbourne Borough and wish the club the very best.”

The creative midfielder joined from Ebbsfleet United, where he spent three years – winning the Supporters’ Player of the Year award in his first season.

Paxman, who also spent time with Billericay Town and Chelmsford City, spent five years with Maidstone United – playing regularly in the National League for them and amassed over 150 appearances.

“It’s been a pleasure getting to know Pax and his family,” said Borough Chairman Simon Leslie.

“I think family comes first in any form of business, and it’s really important we support our players through their various transitions in life.

“I want to say how grateful I am to have met him, and I think him and I will remain great friends for years to come.

“I’m sure he will continue to cheer us on from the sidelines.”

Everyone at the club would like to thank Jack for his efforts for the Sports and wish him all the best for the future.