LONG-SERVING pair Adam Roscoe and Sam Ashton are among four players to have left Chorley following the 2017-18 season.

The duo made more than 500 appearances for the Magpies between them but have left Victory Park.

Defender Kieran Charnock and forward Jason Walker have also departed while loanees Matt Urwin, Luke Burgess, Delial Brewster and Lee Molyneux have returned to their parent clubs.

Chorley were beaten in the National League North play-off semi-finals by eventual winners Harrogate Town after finishing sixth in the league table.

Roscoe, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Bamber Bridge, leaves the club having played 345 times and will be best remembered for a stunning overhead kick to secure a play-off win over Boston in 2015.

Chorley assistant boss Jamie Vermiglio said: "Adam has been such a big part of this football club for so many years.

“The number of appearances he has is testament to his commitment. His attitude and personality around our changing room has been first class - he is and will always be one of the lads.

“Adam moves on with our best wishes in search of more regular football as he approaches the back end of his career. Like all our core players, Adam will forever be welcome at Victory Park.”

Ashton was another who was on loan away from Chorley last season as he joined Ramsbottom United to help build up his match fitness following a serious knee injury.

Magpies chief Jansen said of the 31-year-old, who made 167 appearances for Chorley in five seasons with the club: "We had a long discussion with Sam about his future.

“He’s a very honest person who has expressed his desire to play as much as possible in the next few years.

"Unfortunately, after his injury we couldn’t guarantee the playing time he wanted. We did want Sam to come to pre-season so we could assess his fitness level, but with offers from several clubs to be their number one Sam feels he can’t turn the opportunity down.

“We’d like to put on record our sincere thanks to Sam for his hard work and dedication on and off the pitch. He’s been a big part of our success over the last few years and contributed greatly to the growth of Chorley Football Club.

"He is a well-loved character who has led many of the community projects including the holiday football camps and we wish Sam the best of luck wherever he goes.”

Of Charnock and Walker's departure, Jansen added: "Kieran and Jason have been very important to us as we’ve strengthened and progressed as a club.

“Kieran has always been very professional and when opportunities have arisen he’s never let himself or the club down. Unfortunately, he wasn’t going to play as much as he hoped and so it is only fair that he moves on to enjoy the rest of his playing career.

“With Jason it was a very difficult decision. His experience has been vital for us as we pushed into the play-off positions.

"He’s a player who’s brought cleverness to our build-up play and who’s contributed with his fair share of goals. Jason will improve whatever team he goes to and we wish him all the best for the future.”