EAST Thurrock United have been dealt a blow after Steve Sheehan has made the move to National League South side Braintree Town.

Sheehan had been an ever-present in John Coventry's backline, having made 25 appearances and scored twice this season.

The central defender, who also counts Canvey Island among his former clubs, was involved in Rocks colours 196 times and found the back of the net on 13 occasions across two spells at the Grayers Graphics Stadium.

And boss Coventry was keen to wish Sheehan well for the future.

Coventry said: "Steve has left the club and I would like to wish him all the best because he is a great lad.

"It's a massive loss for us because the squad is thin enough as it is.

"Steve has left on good terms and I understand why he would want to play in the National League South again."

Coventry fears more of his star players could leave in the coming weeks after drawing interest.

"I know clubs are sniffing around our players so we will have to see what happens in the weeks ahead," added Coventry.

"But we can't afford to lose more players."