Influential defender Steven Gentle has no plans to join Saints on their journey into Step 3 football for the first time. He will resist the temptation to play at Southern League Premier Division level again and departs from ProEdge Westwood Road with glowing praise from Saints chief Ricky Marheineke ringing in his ears. Marheineke said: Gents has been an absolute rock all season. He came in and did exactly what we expected of him. He used his experience and ability to help us win games of football while also developing younger players around him. I dont think we would have been promoted without his participation this season and he will be a very big loss. But we always knew that he wouldnt consider playing in the Southern Premier again and we certainly respect his decision. Replacing him is top of the priority list. Well do our best to try to find someone who can fill his boots, but it wont be easy. Writing on his Twitter account, Gentle revealed he will leave Saints with a mixture of sadness and delight. He admitted: I came with the aim of promotion, but if Im being totally honest, I didnt expect it to happen so quickly. Whilst I am over the moon to have been part of an amazing season, I am now equally sad that my St Ives Town journey is over. These long limbs of mine are retired from the Southern Premier and are more than happy play in Division One (Central). I would like to thank the chairman, committee and helpers who have made me feel so welcome, but most of all the supporters who came home and away all season and made Mondays win that bit more special.