MALVERN Town have confirmed that goalkeeper Keiron Blackburn has left the football club after four years at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium. 

Blackburn has played a pivotal role in helping Malvern gain two promotions in the last three years, as well as becoming a real favourite with the supporters.

"I have had a great few seasons at Malvern," said Blackburn. "Since Dene (Whittal-Williams) and Hoops (Lee Hooper) brought me in after two years out through injury and getting two promotions in three seasons it has been great to be part of the journey of getting Malvern back to their highest level.

"Everyone at the club has been amazing in making me feel so welcome from day one. From Chris Pinder, who is an amazing Chairman that the club are incredibly luck to have, to Steve and Dana - It’s a great club going in the right direction. We’ve had some great highs - the FA Vase run as well as promotion back to Step 4.

Malvern Gazette: Malvern Town chairman Chris Pinder with goalkeeper Keiron Blackburn after last season's promotionMalvern Town chairman Chris Pinder with goalkeeper Keiron Blackburn after last season's promotion (Image: Cliff Williams)

"I must give a huge shoutout to all the supporters - they really are the 12th man and it was a pleasure playing in front of you every week.

"To the players; we have a great set of lads both on and off the field that can compete at this level comfortably.

"I'll miss everyone, but I won't be a stranger!"

Malvern Gazette:

The Welshman has been playing with Worcester Raiders on dual-registration terms in the last couple of weeks to provide a temporary replacement for injured number one Ryan Young.

He played in the 3-3 draw with Pershore Town, before keeping a clean sheet in the match with Hellenic League Premier leaders Corsham Town on Saturday, in a game he was also named man of the match. 

He will remain at Raiders until Young returns but after that, he is prepared to listen to new offers as he looks to continue his career between the sticks.