BRIDPORT boss Trevor Senior has underlined just how much the club will miss Chris Luke and Max Buckler as they both get ready to head for sunnier climes.
Midfielder Luke is preparing to start a new teaching job in Qatar while striker Buckler is going travelling in Australia.
And Senior has praised the two men for their commitment to the cause over the last few seasons.
The Bees’ chief has already taken steps to fill the holes left by the departures, but at the same time he knows he is losing some top talent.
Speaking about Luke, he said: “We are going to miss him. Chris has become part of the furniture and I’d like to wish him all the best for the future.
“I can’t praise him enough for his attitude and professionalism at the level we’re playing.
“He has always looked after himself and at 31 is still very fit.
“If he has been out and missed games he has come straight back afterwards, and I wouldn’t hesitate putting him back in the team straight away because he keeps himself so fit.
“His commitment to the team, his enthusiasm and work rate have been second to none.
“He’s always talking on the pitch and wants the ball, and when he gets it he uses it well.
“I’ve been impressed with the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch too.”
As for Buckler, he added: “Max is going travelling in August and he is a big loss as well.
“I don’t think Max realises how good he is, and he should be playing at a higher level.
“He is one of the most laid back characters I’ve met.”
While Jamie and Adam Symes have rejoined the club and Lewis Clarke is set to link up with the Bees in the summer, Senior is hoping to have the services of another familiar face next term.
Alan Hill, who has come back from travelling himself, is someone Senior would like to see return for the 2014-15 campaign.
Meanwhile, Bridport are also looking for someone to come in and run their third team next season.
- After a busy season on the pitch, the AGM of the Perry Street League will take place this year on Thursday, June 12 (7.45pm) at the Perry Street Social Club.