Plymouth Argyle’s Antoni Sarcevic has confirmed he will be leaving the Pilgrims ahead of their League One campaign next season.
The 28-year-old Player of the Year has told manager Ryan Lowe he will not be accepting the offer of a new contract, and he has said goodbye to fans on his Twitter page, bringing the curtain down on a three-and-a-half-year stay in Devon.
He has been heavily linked with a move to Salford City, which is closer to home for the playmaker. Manchester-born, the midfielder has previously played for Crewe, Fleetwood and Shrewsbury in the north-west, and will seemingly turn down League One football with the Pilgrims, who bounced back at their first attempt, to move closer to home.
Sarcevic, who was Ryan Lowe’s top scorer in the shortened 2019/20 campaign, bagged 11 goals, including five penalties to help them return to the third tier at the first time of asking.
He will be sorely missed by the green half of Devon, with fans taking to social media to wish him well as he plots the next move of his career. It is rare a player turns down a new deal with a club and still gets universal praise from supporters but, unless he suddenly rocks up at Exeter City, he does appear to be leaving Home Park with the best wishes of everyone at the club, as you’ll see below.
Bad news Big loss
— Daniel Krzeminski (@dkrzeminski74) June 17, 2020
— Steve Riggs (@devonportenders) June 17, 2020
@ASarcevic absolutely gutted 🙁 thank you so so much for the last 3 1/2 years you will not be forgotten good luck wherever you end up, once a green always a green 💚 #Argyle #OnceAGreen #SarcevicIsAPilgrim
— James Strout (@Strouty_1990) June 17, 2020
All the best for the future, enjoyed watching you play and commitment you have shown
— Hemerdon Gills (@hugegills) June 17, 2020
Aw, man! It's still morning where I am and I have to wake up to this? 😭 pic.twitter.com/j8Nfh8gvMv
— OnlyHereForMyHobbies (@Stewart4Hobbies) June 17, 2020
I swear this is de ja vu every year player plays well player of the season leaves someone takes there place rinse and repeat!!
— Matthew (@TheGreenJanner) June 17, 2020
Thanks for the memories and fully-committed service @ASarcevic – completely understand and respect your decision, but gutted you won't be joining the Green Army on our further adventures. Nothing but best wishes to you and you family #OnceAGreenAlwaysAGreen #pafc
— Neil Stimpson 🇬🇧🇨🇦 (@ghostchant666) June 17, 2020
Please 2020 end now. More bad news 😢. Thanks for the memories. All the best for the future.
— Dave Quirk (@daviequirk) June 17, 2020