Thank You, Scotty.
Dunston UTS FC can confirm that club captain Craig Scott will be leaving the club following the conclusion of the season.
Craig Scott has enjoyed five seasons with the club since joining in October 2018 after signing from Newcastle Benfield. He cemented his place in the side immediately and went onto become club captain, as well as playing a pivotal part in the side that won the Northern League in 2019.
"It's not been an easy decision at all after five seasons here." Scotty told us.
"I just felt the travel in the league was getting too much, alongside having a young family now and a busy work life. So I decided it was time to leave. I'm still keen to play, but it will be lower down the pyramid where the games are more local."
The ever-dependable defender has also spent some time reflecting on the past five seasons at The UTS Stadium.
"Apart from the Covid season, where I think I played two games, I've genuinely loved my time at Dunston. I signed for the club back in 2018-19 season and I knew straight away it was the right choice. It's a well-run club with great people and, in addition to the good times on the pitch, I've also made some life-long friends along the way.
"My favourite memory for me has to be winning the Northern League in 2018-19. We had a fantastic set of lads and we won it with a few games still left to play, so we certainly enjoyed the last few weeks of the season!
"I also really enjoyed the first season in the Northern Premier League after we got promoted. Back then, the travel was even more than now as we were a part of the West Division, but we had a solid season and the coach trips were such a laugh. The players loved my useless facts about the M62 motorway too."
Dunston UTS FC Manager Jon McDonald has also commented on Craig Scott's departure and highlighted how much he will be missed by all at the club.
"Scotty has been a real pleasure to work with. He's been an outstanding captain for Dunston UTS, both on and off the field, and will be missed by us all. We are sad that his time at the club has come to an end, but we fully understand and respect his decision." McDonald said.
Club Chairman Malcolm James has also commented on Scott's departure and reiterated the words of Jon McDonald.
"On behalf of the club, I can only say that the words of Jon fully sum up Craig. He has had an excellent career at Dunston UTS both as a player and as a person, on and off the field. His leadership has been exemplary and he will be a massive miss.
"Everyone associated with club, committee, players and supporters wish him and his family all the very best for the future." Malcolm added.
Craig Scott will go down as a club legend at Dunston, and the stalwart defender had one final message that he wanted to pass on to the supporters, committee, players and everyone associated with Dunston UTS FC.
"Quite simply, thank you to everyone who has been a part of my time at Dunston UTS, and thank you in particular to Jon and Mal for their understanding of my decision. Dunston UTS is the true definition of a community club and it has been a pleasure to represent them for the last five seasons.
"As a supporter myself now, I'll definitely be keeping an eye on results and I wish Jon and the lads every success in the push for promotion next season!"