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Green Lions star Ross Allen to leave island

Allen scored a hat-trick in GFC's last home game against Shoreham. Credit: ITV

Guernsey FC’s record goalscorer Ross Allen is leaving the club and island to live and work in New Zealand.

GFC said he may have played his last game for the Green Lions but both club and player stopped short of ruling out future appearances.

Allen is leaving the island this weekend and is unlikely to feature for Guernsey FC in their league game against VCD Athletic at Footes Lane.

He is the club’s top scorer this season with 11 goals, and leaves with an astonishing record of 239 goals in 226 appearances.

The 30-year-old, who took time out last season to go travelling, said he plans to continue playing in New Zealand.

Guernsey FC have thanked Allen for his contribution to the club since its formation in 2011.

I feel that travelling woke me up to a few things and it was time to make a decision. The plan is to find some work over there and get set up with a team, whilst exploring as much as I can. I love Guernsey FC but I have to do what’s right for me. There have been some talented young players knocking at the door for a while so now is the time for them to step up and develop in my place. The squad is in a better position than when I went travelling last season. When I went travelling I knew it would just be for a few months, but this time I am moving to live and work so I can’t say when, or even if, I’ll be back as I just don’t know how things will pan out at this stage, but I’d like to think my journey with GFC is not yet done. I want to thank everyone within the club for their support and understanding, and the fans for helping to make these past six-plus years so memorable.

– Ross Allen