Tributes paid to former Plymouth Argye captain Simon Walton
PLYMOUTH Argyle players have paid tribute to former captain Simon Walton after his departure from Home Park.
The 24-year-old midfielder completed a move to League One outfit Hartlepool United on Friday.
Argyle released Walton with 12 months still remaining on his contract to allow him to be closer to his family home in Leeds.
After the announcement was made, Walton's former team-mates tweeted their thoughts.
Defender Darren Purse: Wishing @SimonWalton8 all the best at Hartlepool. Deserves enormous credit for captaining the side through tough times last season. I hope he can go on to be the player I know he can be.
Striker Matt Lecointe: All the best to @SimonWalton8 thanks for your help last season mate!
Defender Curtis Nelson: Wishing good friend and great player @SimonWalton8 all the best at Hartlepool!
Winger Joe Lennox: @SimonWalton8 Good luck for the rest of your career mate!!
Midfielder Jordan Copp: All the best @SimonWalton8 gutted but good luck to you pal! Really helped me a lot and learned a lot from you!
Walton, who signed for Argyle from Queens Park Rangers in August 2008 and made a total of 66 appearances, also took to twitter on Friday night.
"After a long few days I am delighted to have signed for HUFC! An exciting new chapter in my life and can't wait to get started! A massive thank you to everybody associated with@Only1Argyle, staff, players and fans. A special club with special people!"
Bournemouth's former Argyle loan signing Steve Fletcher, who was born in Hartlepool, also tweeted his best wishes to Walton.
"@SimonWalton8 Good luck pal at my hometown club @Official_HUFC. You'll love it."