PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies will be on the lookout for a goalkeeper after current custodian Ben Kyle decided to hang up the gloves this week.
Kyle returned to the club for the start of the 2019-20 season and played in 15 games and proved to be a highly-capable goalkeeper. But the shot-stopper has now decided to concentrate on university studies.
Kyle said: “I need to start focusing on my degree and I can’t commit fully to both uni and Argyle so unfortunately I’ve had to make this.
“I want to thank everyone connected with Argyle and wish them all the best in the future.
“I have really enjoyed my time with Argyle, and I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities they have provided for me. They are an amazing group of people and I will miss playing alongside them.”
Kyle played the opening 10 games conceding just 11 goals before injuring a hand that required surgery. That kept the keeper out for the next four games returning for the FA Cup defeat at Watford.
Manager Dave Leonard said: “I will be disappointed to see Ben go. It’s a shame but I respect the decision. Ben has to concentrate on university studies as the commitment to football is huge.”
Leonard thanked and wished Kyle all the best for the future.
“We leave on good terms but now I have to find a new goalkeeper,” added the Pilgrims boss. “I will have to sleep on that one.”
Quality goalkeepers are hard to find, but Leonard does have two promising youngsters in Megan Walsh and Maisie Frickleton coming through the ranks but he will have to decide if they are ready for National Premier Division football.