Midfielder Stuart Campbell released by Bristol Rovers

Stuart Campbell
Campbell joined Bristol Rovers following his release from Grimsby in 2004

Bristol Rovers have released midfielder Stuart Campbell by mutual consent.

The 34-year-old has been with the Pirates for seven and a half years and took caretaker charge of the team last term following Dave Penney's exit.

The former captain's future at the club was put in doubt earlier this season after a falling out with manager Paul Buckle, although both parties insisted they had sorted their differences.

He played his last game in the defeat by Accrington on 5 November.

Chairman Nick Higgs told the club website: "I would like to thank Stuart for all his commitment and hard work.

"He has been a great servant to the club as a player and as a captain, and he was the one who stepped up to try and save us from relegation last season.

"Everyone at the club would like to wish him great success in his future, as both a player and a coach."

After spells with Leicester, Birmingham and Grimsby, Campbell arrived at the Memorial Stadium in 2004 and went on to make 341 appearances.

He took over as temporary boss in March with the club second from bottom in League One and the side claimed 15 points from their final 12 games, although this was not enough to save them from relegation.

Buckle was named permanent manager in May and offered Campbell a player-coach role, which Buckle insists the midfielder turned down.

In October, Campbell was dropped from the side following a contractual dispute with Buckle and his name was circulated to other clubs.

Days later, the club issued a statement saying they had "cleared the air" and Campbell was reinstated into the team for the Accrington game, although this was to be his final appearance.

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