ST NEOTS Town will face the challenge of Southern League football next season without talismanic captain Glen Fuff.

ST NEOTS Town will face Southern League football next season with a new captain at the helm after announcing that talisman Glen Fuff has left the club.

The 35-year-old, who lifted the UCL Premier Division trophy in his last league match for his home-town club, has joined Spalding.

Centre-back Fuff, who is expected to be succeeded by Lewis Webb as captain, said he had achieved everything he wanted with St Neots, and that the lure of regular first-team football elsewhere had been too strong to resist.

He said: “It’s always difficult leaving any club, but things move on and people move on.

“I had discussions with Dennis Greene and he invited me back for next season, but I realised I wasn’t guaranteed a starting place any more.

“At this stage of my career I need to be playing every week, and there was a chance of slipping down the pecking order at St Neots.”

A St Neots boy born and bred, Fuff joined the club in March 2009 with the ambition of helping them climb the leagues before he retired, and quickly became a favourite with fans for his commanding performances.

He said: “I always said I’d come to St Neots if I had a couple of good years left in me, to help them get out of that league and go as high as they could.

“I know that I can play at Southern League level, but I feel like I’ve done my bit now and it’s time for a new challenge.

“I have loved playing at St Neots – it’s a great club and the fans have always been brilliant to me.”

Fuff believes he still has two years left at UCL level, and with his eye on completing coaching badges, would not rule out a return to Neots one day.

“I would never say never. I’m hoping to make it back-to-back titles next year with Spalding but after that I might take my badges and, then, who knows?”

Boss Greene paid tribute to his “inspirational” skipper’s impact in the Saints’ title-winning season.

“I think he must have been the role model when the word ‘captain’ was invented,” said Greene.

“Glen has given our club incredible service and has finished his time here achieving his ambition, the top prize: captaining the UCL champions.

“Quite frankly I would not be surprised if he went and did it again next season.

“Spalding are a very lucky club to have secured the services of such a dedicated professional as Glen.

“We wish him the very best for the future and maybe one day when he finishes his playing career he will consider coming back to our club in another capacity.”