Southend United centre-back Brooklyn Kabongolo has departed Roots Hall after failing to agree terms on a new deal.
The 20-year-old joined the Shrimpers in September following a short stint at Isthmian Premier Division outfit Billericay Town.
Having impressed with Gary McCann’s side, Kabongolo signed for Southend on a non-contract basis and went on to make 13 appearances.
Even though he is predominantly a centre-back, the ex-Ipswich Town defender was utilised as a makeshift forward for the Vanarama National League side and netted his first goal for the Shrimpers in their 2-1 defeat to Bromley in December.
However, after several new additions were brought in when the transfer embargo was lifted in December, Kabongolo has failed to make the last two matchday squads.
A club statement read: “Following several weeks of negotiations to reward Brooklyn’s efforts with a longer-term contract, the club were notified yesterday of the defender’s decision to move on.
“We thank Brooklyn for his contribution to the Club and wish him all the best in his career.”
Southend host York City in the National League on Saturday.