DROITWICH Spa FC’s defensive duo Matt Hunt and Mike Seeley have announced their retirement after 14 years between them at the club, writes Callum Perry.
The pair took the decision after the club’s season was frustratingly cut short while the Saltmen were 13 points clear at the top with eight games to play.
Mike, who has been known as ‘Seels’ during his ten years at the club, has been the longest serving Saltmen player.
The 31-year-old made over 250 competitive appearances, chipped in with vital goals to secure important victories and has been the captain.
In the 2015/16 season he lifted the President’s Cup and has won the Worcestershire Junior Cup on three occasions, as well as achieving three consecutive third place finishes in the League.
Centre-back Hunt, another holder of the captain’s armband during his four years at the club, scored 23 goals in all competitions, as well as being part of the Junior Cup winning squad.
Matt said it was great to be part of the club and praised everyone for their support.
“I take away so many great memories – from scoring the club’s first ever goal in the FA Vase, that cup run, the winning goal in the County Cup Final in 2018/19 and of course captaining the team last season to an incredible position in the league.
“I would like to thank every player that I’ve shared the dressing room – there is a fantastic bunch of lads there that will continue to push the club forward.”
He also thanked the board, volunteers and supporters, adding he looked forward to watching and supporting the team in the future.
Manager Mark Owen said: “On behalf of myself, Crowth and the rest of the club, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Matt Hunt and Mike Seeley for everything they have done to help the club be where it is today.
“They are both big characters both on and off the field, which no doubt will be missed.
“We wish them both all the best for their retirement.”