Clarets release club legend Mark Haines

Chelmsford City have released club icon Mark Haines after ten seasons with the Essex side.

Mark Haines, 29, joined the Clarets as a 19-year-old from Grays in 2010 but spent much of last season on-loan at Bishop’s Stortford.

However, City boss Rod Stringer has not offered the central defender a new deal ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Since signing from Grays, the tall defender has excelled for City; however, first team chances proved limited this term with Haines experiencing much of the campaign out on loan.

Haines spent much of the 2018-19 campaign at Bishop’s Stortford, moving back to a side he temporarily joined during the 2012-13 season.

The defender was rewarded for his excellent performances in 2012-13 by winning the Supporters Club Player of the Year and Away Player of the Year.

Making 292 appearances for the Clarets, ‘The Lord’ became a fan-favourite with the club’s supporters at the Melbourne Community Stadium.

The versatile defender – usually found in the central defence or at full-back – has scored just a handful of times for the Clarets but has remained a loyal servant of the Club under numerous managers.

It is unknown yet whether City will reward the defender’s loyalty to the Clarets with a testimonial.

It is also believed that further departures from the Melbourne Community Stadium will be announced later today.