Dave McNabb hailed “old school” Jimmy Moore – and says the defender will be difficult to replace both on and off the pitch.

Moore arrived in Bury in 2020 following spells with Glossop North End, Atherton Colls, Cheadle Town, Abbey Hey and Trafford.

The experienced defender went on to make 85 appearances, scoring six goals and wearing the captain’s armband at times.

McNabb enjoyed his brief time working with Moore at Gigg Lane and says he was a big figure in the dressing room.

“It came as a bit of a surprise on Monday,” the boss told The Bury Times. “We got to the training ground and had a message from Jimmy to say he had been having a think and - with work and personal things he’s got going on - he didn’t feel that he could carry on committing.

“He was excellent on Saturday (against Barnoldswick), scoring a goal and keeping a clean sheet. It is a tough ask to replace someone like Jimmy because he is one of your old school type of players.

“He has been in dressing rooms over many years and adds so much to the group away from the pitch, as well as being a very good player on it.

“It will be tough, but you have got to respect the players’ wishes and if they need to concentrate on their personal and work life, you have got to shake hands and wish them all the best.”

Moore told the club website it had been “an honour” to play for the Shakers and says he is “extremely proud” of the final chapter of his career. He also thanked everyone who has supported him over the past few years.

McNabb’s side must now adjust to life without the defender ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chadderton in the league.