Drogheda United can confirm that midfielder Jake Hyland has departed the club as he takes a step back from senior football to focus on his young family and work.
The 26-year-old joined the Boynesiders ahead of the 2016 season after previously playing for Bohemians between 2013 and 2015.
Jake’s debut season with Drogheda saw him make 31 appearances, scoring once as Drogheda were promoted back to the Premier Division through the play-offs.
Hyland was named club captain by Tim Clancy in 2018 and remained a regular fixture in midfield as Drogheda looked for promotion, a feat that was achieved in 2020 with the First Division title.
In total, Hyland made 152 appearances across six seasons for Drogheda, also the most of any player from the 2021 squad.
He scored 10 goals in his time in claret and blue, with two of the most important perhaps being a brace against Cabinteely in 2020, one a tap in at the back post, the other a stunning free kick from distance.
“I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone involved at the club, from the staff to the players to the fans. I’ve spent the last six seasons here and we’ve enjoyed some really good memories including two promotions.”
“It was an absolute honour to captain the club for the last four years. Stepping back this season was not an easy decision, but the club is most definitely on the up and I wish Kev and the lads the very best of luck this coming season,” Hyland said.
All at Drogheda United thank Jake for everything he has done for the club over the last six seasons and wish him the very best for the future.