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Warrington Town’s longest-serving player departs

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WARRINGTON Town’s longest serving player, defender James McCarten, has left the club to join City of Liverpool.

McCarten, 28, was the last surviving member of the heroic FA Cup team of 2014, and had made more than 250 appearances for the club.

A mainstay in the team for many years, he was made club captain in 2017 but suffered a serious leg injury in a league game against Altrincham in January 2018 that saw him on the sidelines for more than a year.

On his return last season, he had stints on loan at City of Liverpool and Bamber Bridge to regain match fitness.

But he has found chances limited at Cantilever Park since, with Northern Premier League Team of the Year centre halves Mark Roberts and Dave Raven commanding the starting spots at the heart of Paul Carden’s defence.

His last appearance for the club, which was his eighth consecutive start, came in the 1-1 draw at Radcliffe in September.

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