Drew Talbot has thanked Spireites fans for their support during his time at the club after ending his seven-and-a-half-year association with Chesterfield.
Talbot, who was told that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season, sent this message: "I had a good rapport with the fans. I'd like to thank them for their support over the years and wish them all the best for the future. I think they recognised that I gave my all for the club when I was fit to play. Fingers crossed they can be as as successful as they were during my time there."
After being involved in two League Two title-winning campaigns and a Johnstone's Paint Trophy triumph with the Spireites, Talbot can reflect on a highly successful period in his career. He said: "I only look back on my time at Chesterfield with fond memories, apart from the relegation. There are so many good memories to reflect on, including promotions and Wembley visits. I consider myself fortunate to have been involved in one of the most successful times for the club."
The 29-year-old admits that skippering the side was a personal highlight, saying: "I think being made captain was a big thing for me and my family. I was only 24 or 25 and would never have classed myself as being captain material, but I like to think that I led by example with the way I played. To be captain of a professional football club was a big achievement for me."
Talbot reveals that he could have left Chesterfield earlier this year, but he preferred to stay put and remain at the club for the remainder of his contract. "I was told in January that if there was a deal that suited both parties, maybe I could move on, but I was never interested in that," he said. "I didn't feel that was the right way to go. I wanted to see out my contract and luckily I played until the end of the season. I kept myself ticking over and managed to stay in the team."
Talbot is philosophical when he talks about the club's decision to release him and he is now carefully considering his options. "All good things come to an end and I don't hold anything against the club because it is just part and parcel of football," he insisted.
"I've spoken to a few clubs so it's just a case of being patient, really. I'm in no rush because I've got to make the right decision. It's never really been that much about money for me. It's about being ambitious and winning things. I want to go and be as successful somewhere else as I have been at Chesterfield."
Talbot initially arrived on loan from Luton Town in January 2009 before signing permanently the following summer. He scored 19 goals in 277 appearances for Chesterfield.