WARRINGTON Rylands have announced their long-serving goalkeeper Graeme McCall has left the club ahead of the new season.

The veteran shot-stopper, who joined the club when they were accepted into the North West Counties League back in 2018, has been at the heart of Blues’ rapid rise through the leagues.

In more than 100 appearances for the Gorsey Lane outfit, McCall has been a part of three promotions and lifted the Northern Premier League West Division title as captain last season having taken over the armband from Gary Kenny.

He also played an integral role in the club’s memorable run to lifting the FA Vase at Wembley last year, starring in penalty shoot-out wins over Jarrow, West Auckland Town and Shildon en route to the final.

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Graeme McCall after the Wembley win. Picture by Mark Percy

"It’s a really sad day for the club," manager Dave McNabb said.

"Podge was the rock that we built the squad around from day one. He was our first big signing and someone who has led the team to some unbelievable achievements.

"I think the term "legend" is bandied about all too easily these days, but it absolutely encapsulates what he is at this football club.

"He’s a true friend with a heart of gold who’s a fantastic goalkeeper and an even better man."

Blues have moved to sign a replacement goalkeeper, with youngster Sam Tickle arriving on loan from Wigan Athletic.

The 20-year-old, who spent part of last season on loan at Nantwich Town, has signed on at Gorsey Lane until January.

Last night, Rylands also announced the signing of Kyle Hayde from Tranmere Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

The defender, also aged 20, had a loan spell at Marine last season.

Both new additions played as trialists during Rylands' 1-0 pre-season friendly win over Pilkington on Tuesday.