WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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BANGOR City midfielder and captain Gary Roberts will not feature in tonight's second leg of the Europa League qualifier against Lyngby BK after being transferred to Southport.

"Following numerous incidents of unprofessional behaviour by the player, it was agreed that in the best interests of both parties that a parting of the ways was the only way forward," says a statement from Nantporth.

"The new Southport FC management team has pursued the player for the last few weeks. Therefore, it was inevitable that this caused a disruption to the player’s attitude towards the club.

"Over the last few months, club officials and management have supported the player when many a club would have dismissed him for gross misconduct.

"We as Bangor City FC will not tolerate any misconduct by anyone involved with the club. It is against what the club stands for, shows a complete lack of respect and commitment to the management, board, his teammates and most importantly, the great fans of this club.

"No-one is bigger than Bangor City FC. It is a great club with a rich history and tradition, and when a player states in the week leading up to a massive European game that he no longer wants to play for the club, we were left with no alternative other than to release him from his contract.

"We wish him well for the future, and hope that one day he realises what a massive opportunity he has given up. We urge our supporters to keep the faith as we are trying to do the right things for this great club."

Chester-born Roberts, 30, represented England at all levels from Under-16 to Under-19 but his Football League career was blighted by off-field problems.

He made 133 appearances in all competitions for Crewe Alexandra before moves to Yeovil Town (on-loan), Rotherham United, Port Vale and Mansfield Town. Roberts spent the first half of 2013 on-loan at Floriana in Malta and joined Gap Connah's Quay in January 2014. He returned to Malta with Mosta FC a year later but was soon back in the UK with Witton Albion, signing for Bangor City in June 2016.

Roberts scored six goals from 46 (+2) Welsh Premier appearances.