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Gresley favourite Royce Turville takes a break from football

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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GRESLEY striker Royce Turville will not re-sign for the club next season after deciding to take a break from football.

The Moat Ground favourite has injured an injury-plagued season and said this, along with work and family commitments, factored in his decision.

He said: "I have decided I will not be signing again with Gresley next year and to say a massive thanks for the support over the last five seasons.

"My initial plans are not to play football in the near future as, after playing for the last 16 years at senior football I feel I really need a break.

"In addition, family life, my body not allowing me to stay fit and growing work commitments have helped my decision."

The forward affectionately known as The Ox Joined Gresley in 2009 from Heather St Johns and swept the board at the annual awards at the end of his debut season as the Moatmen won the East Midlands Counties League title.

He also finished as the club's joint top scorer in the 2011-12 Midland Alliance title-winning season.

"In terms of my football career, Gresley has been without doubt the best club and most enjoyable period.

"I have met some great people, made some friends for life and had memories that will remain with me forever.

"The fans, backroom staff, players, management and board have always been friendly and welcoming to me right from the start - I cannot praise the club and fans enough for their support.

"I've had so many highs over my time - Spennymoor at home, Dawlish away, Long Buckby away, 20 consecutive league games unbeaten in 10/11, Kings Lynn at home 11/12, Three Bridges away, Willenhall away winning the league.

"And obviously winning back to back league titles, picking up Players Player, Managers Player, Supporters Player, most man of the matches, top scorer and all 74 goals that I've scored whilst at the club!

"Being a local lad, I will still be visiting the Moat on a regular basis, but on the other side of the fence as a supporter and hope to have some further great experiences with Gresley as a fan."

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