DORCHESTER Town have announced the departure of captain Dan Strugnell by "mutual consent".

Strugnell, 27, was unveiled as Dorchester's marquee signing of the summer and was expected to be a key cog in the Magpies' defence this season.

However, the former Havant centre-back has struggled to match expectation after signing a two-year deal with Dorchester and leaves having played just 20 games.

Dorchester have this week been working on the necessary paperwork to dissolve his contract early.

Arguably Strugnell's finest moment in a Dorchester shirt came at right-back when, following a flowing move, his run, check back and chipped cross was headed home by Tom Bath for a 2-1 lead against Taunton in September.

Strugnell's exit is not believed to be amid acrimony and, in a statement on Dorchester's website, manager Callum Brooks confirmed the defender departs on good terms.

It read: "Dorchester Town Football Club can confirm that Dan Strugnell has left the club by mutual consent.​​

"The experienced defender joined the Magpies in the summer following the end of his spell at Havant & Waterlooville.

"Speaking earlier this evening on behalf of Dorchester Town Football Club, manager Callum Brooks said: “I would like to thank Dan for his efforts during his brief time with the football club and we wish him all the best in the future.”

Echosport understands Strugnell is considering options for his next club and has numerous suitors chasing his signature.