Dundee United have confirmed that club captain Sean Dillon has left after a decade at Tannadice.
The Irishman, who was part of the Scottish Cup-winning side in 2010 and has just celebrated his testimonial year after 10 years of service, was at the end of his contract and has not been offered a fresh deal.
Confirming the news of Dillon’s departure, manager Ray McKinnon said: “I had a chat with Sean and decided it would be best if he pursued other options because he wouldn’t play as much as he would like next season.
“He has been a fantastic professional and ambassador for Dundee United, and he has enjoyed many memorable moments including trophy success, European nights and his testimonial.
“As a club, we will have a massive rebuild required again for next season and I have already begun the process as this decision shows.
“I have to ensure the club continues to build itself beyond its current place and we will look to improve the squad again next season.”
Dillon said: “It has been fantastic to have played for, captained and won trophies at Dundee United.
“I have loved being here and will look back on my career here with mostly happiness.
“Winning the Scottish Cup in 2010 will live with me as my career highlight forever and relegation will remain the low point.
“While we narrowly missed out on an instant return to the Premiership, I am sure the club will return to the top tier in the near future.
“I still feel as fit as at any time in my career and look forward to playing as long as I can.
“I wish the club and, especially, the fans, who’ve been great to me, all the best for the future.”