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MARK Connolly has parted company with Bala Town after spending seven successful seasons at Maes Tegid.

The 33 year-old midfielder, who also played for Bangor City and Rhyl, signed for the Lakesiders in 2011 from Chester and went on to make 191 (+31) appearances for the club, scoring 76 goals.

Connolly first appeared in the Welsh Premier with Bangor City in 2003/4 after signing from West Cheshire Leaguers Mallaby but then signed non-contract for TNS in June 2004 for their Uefa Cup games, before returning to Farrar Road.

He then signed for Rhyl and enjoyed a prolific goal scoring season in 2009/10 before leaving to join the new Chester FC club. A knee injury restricted his chances at the Exacta Stadium and he was loaned to the Lakesiders in January 2011 to regain match fitness, making the move permanent in August. He hit 21 goals in season 2013/14, just three behind Golden Boot winner Chris Venables, and has scored a total of 98 goals from his 304 (+54) WPL appearances.

"We couldn’t guarantee match time for Mark next season and, at this stage in his career, he needs to be playing regular football, so the mutual decision was taken to bring his time at Bala to an end," said a club statement.

Connolly turned out for one of his former clubs Rhyl last night against Liverpool Under-23s.