Ryan Edwards has paid tribute to Shrimps' boss Jim Bentley for improving him as a player after completing his move to Plymouth this week.
The 23-year-old made more than 100 appearances for the Shrimps, culminating in three player of the year prizes at the club’s end-of-season awards night for the 2016/17 campaign.
The move went through once compensation was agreed for the player given he was under 24 years of age.
Speaking to Plymouth's website Edwards said: “He (Bentley) is from my area, he’s played my position and he’s the reason why I’ve kicked on.
“Every game his advice has helped. He has been spot on with me.
“I can only thank him and offer that because it’s been brilliant and it’s what has pushed me on.
“I can only thank them for the chance I got given. I think I’ve paid them back.
“Now it’s time to move on and take on the next challenge at the higher level, which I am sure that I can do.”
After an initial loan move to Morecambe while on Blackburn Rovers’ books, Edwards penned a two-year deal in joining the club permanently in 2014.
Another 12-month deal was agreed last summer, during which time he became a key man for the Shrimps with Bentley saying: “He’s changed his squad number from six to five to I would say that’s changed him into a proper centre-half.
“He’ made fewer mistakes, got stronger and learned week in week out.''