Bamber Bridge have sprung a major surprise by placing midfield ace Matty Kay on the transfer list.
The former Blackpool player is free to talk to other clubs after being informed by manager Neil Crowe and assistant boss Neil Reynolds that his future lies away from the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.
Twenty-six-year-old Kay – who became the youngest player ever to make a league appearance for Blackpool in 2005 at the age of 16 – has been a mainstay of Brig’s midfield since arriving at the club from AFC Fylde in 2012.
A former captain, Kay played an instrumental role in Brig’s promotion bids over the last couple of years, which resulted in successive appearances in the NPL First Division North play-off final.
However, the arrival of Preston North End legend Paul McKenna and ex-Fleetwood Town star Jamie Milligan at the club, coupled with a problematic calf injury, has meant Kay – a contracted player – has been a peripheral figure this season.
He was not named in the matchday squad for last weekend’s trip to Warrington Town and after talks with the club’s hierarchy over the last few days, he has been given permission to seek a transfer.
“Matty’s gone on the transfer list,” said Reynolds.
“As one of the club’s top earners, we felt if he’s not going to be in the team then a club of our stature cannot afford to keep him on the bench.
“He felt himself being out of the first XI that he wanted to go and play and we want him to play football.
“He’s been great servant for the club and it’s one of those difficult decisions that you have to make.
“He is a very experienced player, I hope he can get a move.”
Meanwhile, Reynolds felt his team were extremely unlucky to depart the Cantilever Stadium on Saturday pointless.
Warrington’s 1-0 victory saw them move back to the top of the table, while Brig slipped to below mid-table after suffering their third league loss of the season.
“We deserved to get something out of the game,” said Reynolds. “We were really disappointed to lose.
“We did do a lot of homework on Warrington before we played them.
“We knew they were a good side, but we went there with a game plan and it worked up until the break.
“It was 0-0 at half-time and we did everything right in the first half. We had two good chances to go 1-0 up.
“But 10 seconds into the second half, we conceded a silly free-kick and switched off, allowing them a free header which they scored from.
“So that was it, the game plan went out of the window.
“We were chasing the game and Warrington were good enough to hold on to the three points.”