STRIKER Richard Burgess has said goodbye to Bewdley Town.

The former Aston Villa trainee, 34, has joined Town’s West Midlands Premier rivals Bromyard after the club were unable to guarantee him a regular sport in the line-up.

Burgess, who has also played for Bromsgrove Rovers, has been an integral part of Bewdley’ success over the last few years, helping to win the Worcestershire Senior Urn twice.

But Town still have Chris Hough, Russell Godfrey, Luke Towler and Jonny Seekings in their forwards department.

Joint-boss Craig Payton said: “Richard’s been a big part of the club but we could not offer him regular football.

“I can understand him wanting to go somewhere he will play more. There’s no hard feelings and we wish him well.”

Town kicked-off their preparations for the 2013-14 season with a 3-3 draw against Stourport Swifts on Tuesday night.

They will entertain Causeway United next at home (2pm ko).

Payton added: “It was a great game and I think everyone enjoyed it.

“We’ll be playing a friendly at Stourport next season as it’s nice for two local sides to help each other out.”