Barrow AFC goalscoring hero Scott Quigley has left the club for Stockport County – citing family reasons for the move.

The Holker Street club’s main marksman over the last two seasons announced his departure on social media.

And shortly afterwards Quigley’s move to National League big-spenders Stockport was confirmed for an undisclosed fee.

The Bluebirds’ leading scorer over the past two campaigns – and a man who played a major part in their return to the Football League – said the recent loss of a loved one meant he wanted to be closer to his family.

He also urged fans not to listen to any “lies” regarding his exit.

The Shrewsbury-born player said: “Thank-you Barrow AFC for an unforgettable two years.

“I’ve loved every minute of playing for you and grateful for being allowed to represent you Bluebirds, which I’m proud of what we achieved together in two years.

“There will be questions on why I’ve left but the facts are it’s a family-based decision and a situation we never could have predicted, losing a family member and needing to be closer to home. So please don’t listen to any lies.”

Upon announcing the 28-year-old’s move, Barrow boss Mark Cooper said: “Scott stated that he wanted to leave the club.

“He told us that he wanted to be closer to home and that he had been offered a very good deal elsewhere, which we couldn’t really compete with.”

Chairman Paul Hornby added: “As soon as Scott expressed his desire to move away from Barrow, we concluded a deal to suit all parties.

“We can only thank Scott for his contribution to Barrow during an incredible period which saw us make our return to the Football League.

“We wish him every success in his future career.”

Stockport director of football Simon Wilson said: “Our scouts and staff have been working on this for a while, and we know very few others can do what Scott Quigley does.

“Having met and spent time with him, he is humble and down to earth, but I’m impressed with his hunger, and with that mindset he will fit in well here.

“Naturally, for a player of Scott’s experience it was a competitive deal to conclude, but we’re delighted again that quality players are drawn to what we are doing and the exciting journey ahead at County.”

Manager Simon Rusk added: “His track record in recent seasons speaks for itself. I’ve no doubt that his qualities align with our ambitions for the season ahead, and he will be a great fit here.”