Double promotion-winner Lewis Hilliard has left St Neots Town.

Hilliard, who starred in the club’s rise from the United Counties League to the brink of Conference football, has ended a five-year stay at the Cozy Stadium.

he was unable to agree financial terms with boss David Batch after initially indicating he was keen to remain at the club.

Batch said: “Lewis told me he wanted to stay but I never discuss terms with players until they have made a commitment.

“Unfortunately we weren’t then able to agree terms so we all move on amicably.

“We wish Lewis good luck at his new club and thank him for his efforts for St Neots Town.”

Hilliard spent the majority of his Saints career on the right wing, but has also filled a host of other position including goalkeeper on two occasions!

While one influential player departs, a promising young talent has agreed a deal with the club.

Teenage striker Ebey Marango has become the first player to rise through the Saints’ youth system to sign a contract.

The former Cardiff City youngster broke into the first-team squad towards the end of last season and impressed boss Batch.

The Town chief added: “Ebey has pace and talent - and with direction he can develop into a good player.

“Now he has commnitted to the club, we can in turn commit to his development and create a pathway which we hope he will exploit.

“It is rare for young players to get their break and consistently set things alight so we must ensure continual progression and give him those chances.”