Eastbourne Borough can announce the departure of Leone Gravata to National League side York City for an undisclosed fee.

Leone, 22, recently surpassed 100 appearances for the club this season, and came through the youth system here at Priory Lane.

“Leone is a shining example for the young players here that you can progress to a higher level,” said Chairman Simon Leslie.

“Having seen the likes of Fletcher and Shiloh already make the step up this season, we couldn’t stand in Leone’s way as he looks to progress in his career.

“At 22, it says a lot that he has already made over 100 senior appearances and we wish him all the best at York City, where I am sure he will thrive at a higher level.”

He made his debut for the Sports in the curtailed 2020/21 campaign, coming off the bench as a second half substitute in an Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round win over Sheppey United.

He made his league debut four days later at Chelmsford City, and hasn’t looked back since.

“When I arrived, I committed to help players develop and get them playing at the highest level they can,” Leslie added.

“To now have three players this season move on to higher level clubs shows the talent we have in the dressing room.

“Leone has been a great servant to this football club and I can’t wait to follow his progress in the National League.”

Gravata scored eight goals last term and leaves Priory Lane having been part of memories to last a lifetime.