BOSS Jim Bentley says he is resigned to losing Aaron McGowan who is set to join a Scottish Premier League side.
Bentley said McGowan, who was a graduate of the Shrimps' academy, leaves with his best wishes but admits he is disappointed with the ruling that means the club won't get any compensation for the defender who was a first team regular last season.
Bentley said: "We’ve offered him a deal but he has decided to move on after a successful time at Morecambe FC.
“It’s disappointing that Aaron will leave us but we wish him well.
"He’s been a pleasure to work with and improved year on year and now he will have the opportunity to prove he can step up to a very good level.
"I’m disappointed though that under the ruling of players moving cross boarder that we won’t receive any compensation for him though. If he moved to an English club we would receive a fee but that is not the case for moves to Scotland.
"We’ve seen this happen at other clubs and it’s very hard to swallow after all the hard work that people at Morecambe FC have put in to develop Aaron over the years.
"But it is the rule so that’s that.''
He added: "I’m sure our supporters will be disappointed as he became a fans' favourite but it’s my job now to make sure I replace him with a good player.
"I’m sure everyone will join me in wishing Aaron all the very best for the future. He’s a good lad who works hard and I hope his move works out for him and his new club.”