ANTHONY Grant issued an apology to Swindon Town supporters after being released by the club following their relegation to League Two.

‘The General’ was voted Adver Player Of The Year 12 months ago on the back of a storming campaign that saw Town promoted to the third tier as champions.

But the midfielder, who turns 34 next month, will not be at the County Ground next term. The news was revealed when Town released their retained list at the end of a dismal 2020-21 campaign which saw the man who signed him – Richie Wellens – replaced by John Sheridan in the hotseat.

In a heartfelt farewell message, Grant tweeted: “As you all know already my time at Swindon has come to an end.

“From the first time I put on the shirt away at Leyton Orient I felt the passion, love, spirit, support from the fans and knew this was where I wasn’t to play and enjoy my football.

“The first year was truly amazing and the football we played was out of this world.

“I was over the moon I was part of a special group of staff and players.

“Also I want to thank all the fans for your positive direct messages and I will try and get back to you all that have reached out to me when I can. Your love doesn’t go unnoticed.

“Secondly, I want to apologise for the relegation as a team and to all the fans we have let down.

“When fit and injured I have put my body on the line and tried 100 per cent for my teammates and for you fans but it just wasn’t enough. I wish all the fans all the best and hope to see you again one day.”

Supporters paid tribute and wished Grant well for the future.

Paul Temple tweeted: “We will never forget you, a class player with an even better personality. It’s for the better you go and we hope you enjoy your time at wherever you end up next.”

Jill Shail added: “We are sure are going to miss you. Welcome back anytime. Your apology is lovely but it was never the players’ fault we were doomed to relegation by the owner and abysmal management.”

Daniel Saunders tweeted: “General, you have been outstanding for Swindon and we all are truly sad to see you go. I hoped you would be there for the rebuild and to get you back bossing the midfield.”

And Martin Crook tweeted: “You gave us some of the best moments and what a player. The engagement with the fans was special and we will all continue to support you. It says a lot about your professionalism that in a difficult environment you gave. A leader.”