CENTRE-BACK Steve Williams has left Holker Street after one season to join AFC Fylde.

The 29-year-old had been offered a new contract by Barrow boss Paul Cox earlier this month, but has instead chosen to join the ambitious National League North side.

Fylde unveiled Williams as their first new signing of the summer on Saturday afternoon.

Writing on Twitter, Williams said: "I'd like to give a big thanks to all connected to barrow AFC especially the boys.🏾 Looking forward to the next chapter now with AFC Fylde."

The former Halifax Town and Macclesfield man made 18 starts for the Bluebirds during a one-year stay which was disrupted by injury.

He found himself below both Simon Grand and Danny Livesey in the pecking order for the two central defensive berths for much of his time working with Cox, but whereas Grand was released following the end of the season, the AFC boss had offered Williams a new deal.

Similar offers were made to Alex-Ray Harvey, Andy Parry and Elliot Newby, with Barrow yet to announce whether any of that trio have agreed terms.

Cox had been hopeful of making more signings this week, but delays in the process mean those recruits are now not set to be confirmed until at least next week.