EAGLES: Tony Battersby leaves Bedford Town

Bedford Town have confirmed that veteran striker Tony Battersby has left the club to return to Unibond Division One South outfit Stamford.

The 34-year-old journeyman, who arrived at the Eyrie from Corby Town in November 2008, made 37 appearances for the club in all competitions and scored nine goals.

Battersby has played for 22 clubs during a 16-year professional career that began at Sheffield United in 1993.

He now joins Stamford for a second spell having also played for them during the 2007-08 season.

Bedford boss Lee Howarth said: "Stamford put a seven-day approach in last week and, when we spoke on Tuesday, he was also speaking to AFC Sudbury.

"Both clubs had offered a lot more money than we are able to pay him and he's decided to move on.

"It's a huge blow for us. People who watch our games know the contribution he makes. He's never been a prolific goalscorer but the number of goals he creates is there for all to see.

"I tried to persuade him to stay but he's got a young family and perhaps not got a huge amount of time left playing football so I understand why he's gone.

"He's been an excellent professional for us and I would have him back tomorrow if I could."