CHARLEE Hughes says it has been a 'pleasure' to play for Maldon and Tiptree after he quit the club to join National League new boys Wealdstone.

Hughes has left the Jammers to link up with the Stones, who were crowned National League South champions.

Writing on social media, Hughes said: "I'm really happy to have signed for Wealdstone FC.

"Very exciting times ahead and I can't wait to get started in the National League!

"I'm looking forward to working with Dean, Stuart and their staff.

"They have a great reputation in the game not least for helping players develop and fulfil their potential.

"They are a big reason why I chose to join Wealdstone as was the chance to play in front of the Stones fans who I know turn up in their numbers and make Grosvenor Vale an intimidating place for away sides.

"I would like to take this opportunity to say what a pleasure it has been to play at Maldon and Tiptree.

"Although this season didn't end the way we all wanted it to, it will always be a season to remember.

"From Wayne and his great coaching team to the very talented group of lads he got together and not forgetting the amazing fans who were brilliant week in week out.

"Once a Jammer, always a Jammer!

"I also want to thank Jonathan at Catalyst Sports Management for getting this move sorted!

"Now all my focus is on making sure I'm ready to play my part in ensuring Wealdstone's return to the National League after 32 years is a success.

"Up the Stones."

Hughes helped Maldon dominate in Isthmian League division north prior to the season being cut short, along with playing his part in their fantastic FA Cup run which saw them reach the second round of the competition.

Maldon and Tiptree tweeted: 'We also part ways with our No.9 Charlee Hughes as he continues his footballing career with Wealdstone FC! What a great season he has and we wish him the very best in his next chapter!'

Danny Parish has also left Maldon to sign for Wealdstone.

The striker has thanked the Jammers for his spell at Park Drive.

Writing on Twitter, he said: 'Thankyou to everyone involved at @MaldonTiptreeFC I am making a switch that I feel will help my career and what I want to achieve. This squad will be in the history books forever and I’m so proud to have played with such great players and under unbelievable management. COYJ! Thankyou to all the @MaldonTiptreeFC fans that supported us last season. I hope the FA Cup memories will stay with you forever like it will for me!'

Maldon have wished Parish well at his new club.

They said: 'Wishing @dannyparish17 the very best in his next chapter! What a signing and whoever has him next is in for a treat!'

Meanwhile, Maldon have been boosted by the return of Lance Akins and Quba Gordon from injury.

Akins is back on the road to recovery, following successful knee surgery.