FANS' favourite Jamie Longworth has paid tribute to Stranraer and its supporters after confirming he has left the club. The striker was one of four players to exit the club on Tuesday evening alongside Dale Keenan, Peter McGill and player/assistant boss Lee Mair.

Longworth spoke to the club website less than 24 hours after the news broke.

The frontman was gutted not to leave on a happier note and described the failure to win in Sunday's play-off final against Ayr as his biggest regret.

The 28-year-old scored 43 goals for Stranraer - the exact same figure he scored at Queen's Park - before making the switch to Stair Park.

And he picked out two moments as highlights of his three years in blue.

He said: "I enjoyed the whole time I was there - apart from Sunday and the way the season before finished.

"I enjoyed every moment but I think there are two things that stick out.

"First, the goal at Ibrox on Boxing Day 2013.

"The club had been on a great run and I was on a great run personally.

"We had a great first half of the season and it was the club's first goal and point against Rangers.

"The other is a better memory at Ayr when I scored a hat-trick but the goal at Ibrox was fantastic for me and the club."

Longworth stressed there was no animosity over the decision to leave and wished his old team-mates the best of luck for the coming season.

And he took time to praise the club and supporters for their support during his 135 appearances for the club.

He said: "I have been speaking with a couple of players and ex-players over Facebook and Twitter and they agreed just how overwhelmed they have been by the support they get at Stranraer.

"It really does have a family feel and I know the support is not the biggest but they are always supporting you.

"They are true fans and they are excellent.

"I would just like to echo what I said on Twitter and how happy I was and want to thank them for their support over the years.

"They have made me feel so welcome since I came in the door and they have been great."

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1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)