Captain Haining announces Morecambe departure

Morecambe captain Will Haining.
Morecambe captain Will Haining.

Morecambe captain Will Haining is to leave the club after failing to agree a deal on a new contract.

The defender becomes the latest Globe Arena departure due to budget cuts hitting boss Jim Bentley’s spending power next season, following Nick Fenton out of the door.

Haining played his final game for the club in the 1-0 win at Southend on Saturday before revealing on Twitter it was his final game in Shrimps red.

He said: “Glad to finish with a win on my last game for the shrimps. boys have been a pleasure to work with the last few seasons good luck going forward.

“I wish everyone connected with the club all the very best in the future.”

Bentley revealed both player and club wanted to strike a deal but couldn’t due to the club’s financial constraints.

He said: “It’s a similar story to Nick Fenton really.

“We wanted to keep Will and he wanted to stay but we could only offer reduced terms and couldn’t agree a deal to keep him here at this moment in time.

“It’s another disappointment for us as he showed at Southend just what a good player he is but we know what we have to work with next season and that has to be the way forward.

“I would like to thank Will for everything he has done for us. He has been a great lad to have around and we wish him well for the future.”

“We have said all along there may be some senior players leaving because of the wage structure but that is where we are as a club and we are now ready for the challenge of bringing in new players for next season.”

The 30-year-old, who played more than 80 Football League games for the Shrimps, joined the club from St Mirren in 2009 and was made captain in August 2011 after Bentley took over as manager.