Matt Hill Moves On

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The club can confirm that popular defender and Academy coach Matt Hill has left the club.

The veteran left-back has moved on after a two-year spell with the club, during which he had a stint as Assistant Manager and worked closely with the Academy.

He becomes the fourth player to leave since the end of the season after the departures of Javan Vidal, Adam Smith and Lee Knight were confirmed on Tuesday.

Matt joined Avenue from Tranmere Rovers in July 2016 and quickly established himself as an integral member of the playing squad after leaving his post in the dugout. He made 32 appearances in all competitions last season and was an influential figure throughout despite missing out on the play-offs through injury.

Manager Mark Bower paid tribute to the efforts and influence of the former Sheffield United defender after his departure was finalised:

“He’s been magnificent for us since he arrived. His professionalism, both on and off the pitch, has been a great example to the other players in the squad and he has performed consistently well over the past two seasons. He’s made a significant contribution to our improvement and his work in the Academy has also been a great help to our younger players.”

The manager also claimed that it ‘never gets easier’ to see players move on at the end of the season:

“Four players have left us this week and we’re in discussions with the rest of the squad. It is always a difficult time of the year and saying goodbye to players that have given everything for the club never gets easier.

Javan (Vidal) played in numerous positions for us and always gave 100% for his teammates. I’m sure he’ll have plenty of options this summer. Lee (Knight) had a frustrating season with limited opportunities and I hope he finds a club that offer him regular game time so that he can build on the potential he has. Adam (Smith) is a great lad who was unlucky with injury during his short time with us. I hope he can stay fit over the summer and show his undoubted ability next season.”

Everyone involved with the club wishes Matt all the best for the future and would like to thank him for his tremendous service.