Vanarama National League North club AFC Telford United have confirmed that they have agreed an undisclosed fee for goalkeeper James Montgomery and he has agreed terms with National League side Gateshead.
The AFC Telford manager and Board did not plan or want to sell Montgomery, but have supported his ambition to move immediately to full-time football.
The 22-year old joined the Bucks in 2015 and made his debut in front of the BT Sport cameras against Braintree in the 2-0 victory on the 24th March 2015.
Montgomery has gone onto become a supporters` favourite for Telford, making seventy-three appearances over three seasons keeping twenty-three cleans sheets along the way.
The Bucks number one signed for Jamie Vardy’s `V9 Academy` in November 2016 and recently received his first England C call up for the game in Estonia.
As well as playing football for the Bucks, Montgmery has become a popular figure around for the club having spent many months working for education provider `Coaching Connextion` with the under-18s as well as all the time he spent coaching on the holiday courses and in the schools` programme with Luke Shelley and his team of coaches.
Mongtomery said: “I would like to thank everyone at AFC Telford United immensely for their support over the past two years, the staff, coaches, and managers have been brilliant to me and all believed in me. Away from the ground the generous hospitality myself and my family have received whilst being away from home has been amazing.
“Thanks for the fans who have been behind me home and away, no matter what I have had great pleasure playing for the club and would like to wish everyone the best of luck in the future, I am sure this club will go onto better things. My aim has always been to play higher and get back into full time football and Gateshead have given me that opportunity.”
Manager Rob Smith said: “It has been with a heavy heart and reluctance that we have had to agree the sale of Monty to Gateshead. Ultimately Monty felt the opportunity of National League level at a club local to him and a chance of full-time football was too much to turn down.
“James will be very difficult to replace but I wish him all the best and have no doubt he has a fantastic career ahead of him. He is a great lad and I personally thank him for his massive contribution to the team over the last two years. We must now find a replacement and move on as a club”.