JOSH Kay has been thanked by Barrow AFC supporters after his departure was confirmed by the club earlier this week.

The 24-year-old signed for The Bluebirds in 2018 after a spell with Chesterfield and his three-year stay in South Cumbria has now come to an end.

Steve Herbert, Bluebirds Trust, said: "Josh was part of the side that took us back into the Football League and showed some real moments of magic as he did this -he will be well remembered. Football moves on, we wish Josh all the best in the future."

One AFC supporter added: "Shocked to hear of Josh Kay’s departure from The Bluebirds, a very good player, a great personality and a great lad.

"One of my favourites, he will be missed.

"Good luck for the future young man."

During his last season at Holker Street, the midfielder scored five times in League Two.

He netted in Barrow’s first win in the Football League for 48 years during a 4-2 victory over Mansfield Town.

Kay also scored the winners against Scunthorpe United and Walsall, the latter of which an 87th minute curler at Banks’s Stadium.

The former Chesterfield man will now be looking for a new club alongside the other players released by Barrow.

In total, thirteen players will not have their contracts renewed by The Bluebirds.

Chris Taylor, Yoan Zouma and Courtney Baker-Richardson, all signed last year by Barrow, will be leaving Holker Street.

They are joined by Mikael Ndjoli, Calvin Andrew, Dion Donohue, Callum Gribbin, Scott Moloney, Morgan Penfold and Scott Wilson.

Sam Hird and Josh Lillis have seen their playing contracts ended too, but the club’s hierarchy will be discussing a potential backroom staff move for both.