PERSHORE Town forward Josh Willis has announced he will be leaving the club due to an 'exciting move' he has lined up. 

Willis has spoken to Pershore manager Danny Janes and confirmed his intention to play his football elsewhere next season.

Willis initially joined Pershore Town during the 2021/22 season from FC Stratford, bagging six goals in nine appearances during his first spell before joining Worcester Raiders. 

He re-joined Pershore ahead of the 2022/23 campaign and went on to bag 24 goals in 39 games as he helped his side return to Step Five in the football pyramid by winning promotion via the Hellenic League Division One title.

Willis's goals also helped Pershore to lift the Hellenic League Challenge Cup.

He continued to find his scoring touch in the Hellenic League Premier Division last season, but his 23 goals in 45 games could only help the Plums to an 11th-placed finish. 

Danny Janes, who announced last month he was returning to the club as manager, said: "Josh has played a huge part in the fantastic journey that the club has had over the last three years. 

"His goal and assist return has always been consistent and to a very high standard.

"I admire his drive to play at the highest standard possible and when he spoke to us about the move that became available to him, we said he had to take the opportunity.

"We have both said that he needs to show patience and trust the process, I have no doubt he will be a huge success and I look forward to watching his progression."

Willis thanked everyone at Pershore Town for their support ahead of his move. 

He added: "This is a Football Club that gave me a chance to show what I can do, it gave me confidence to go and produce, I cannot thank the Club and the Management Teams enough for that.

"I've played close to one hundred games for Pershore Town now and I can genuinely say I've loved every single minute of it. 

"It's a club I've massively grown fond of and one that I'll certainly be keeping a close eye on whilst proving to myself and others that I can play higher up the pyramid."