Plymouth Argyle Ladies will be on the lookout for a goalkeeper next season, as current custodian Ben Kyle revealed this week that he has decided to hang up his gloves.
Kyle returned to the club for the start of the 2019/20 season, and played in 15 games either side of a serious hand injury. Unfortunately for Argyle, the young ‘keeper has decided to leave the club in order to concentrate on university studies.
Kyle, who studies Football Development and Coaching, said: “I need to start focusing on my degree, and I can’t commit fully to both university and Argyle so I've had to make this decision in order to continue in my progression.
"Again, I want to thank everyone connected with Argyle and wish them all the best in the future. I have really enjoyed my time at the club, and am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities they have provided for me. They are an amazing group of people and I'll miss playing alongside them.”
Kyle played the opening 10 games of the Pilgrims’ campaign, conceding just eleven goals, before his injury setback. The young shot stopper missed out on the next four games, including the Pilgrims’ historic opening of the Mayflower Grandstand, where club captain Katie Middleton deputised between the sticks.
Manager Dave Leonard said: “I will be disappointed to see Ben go, he has been very reliable for us and it’s a shame to depart and I respect the decision.
"Ben has to concentrate on university studies as the commitment to football is huge. I would like to thank Ben for what he has done for Plymouth Argyle Ladies, and wish him all the best for the future we leave on good terms but now I have to find a new goalkeeper - I will have to sleep on that one.”
Although Leonard will be keeping his eye out for a new goalkeeper ahead of next season, the young duo of Megan Walsh and Maisie Frickleton continue to impress at development level – although the step up to the Pilgrims’ first-team is significant.
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