TAUNTON Town captain Nick Grimes has left the Peacocks after their relegation from the National League South.

The centre-back, who came through Exeter City's youth academy, made his debut in 2019 against Harrow Borough in the Southern League.

He became the club's captain two years later and led the Peacocks as they gained promotion in 2022 and through their two National League South campaigns.

Taunton's relegation – the club's first-ever – was sealed with a 1-0 defeat against Somerset rivals Weston-super-Mare on April 18.

Grimes, who is the brother of Swansea City captain Matt, amassed an impressive 175 appearances for the Peacocks before his departure.

Announcing the news on Friday, a club spokesperson said: “Following relegation from the Vanarama South, Taunton Town FC can confirm that captain Nick Grimes will be departing the club.

“Grimes joined Taunton Town in the early stages of the 2019/20 season from Tiverton Town and went on to make 175 appearances for the club and made captain at the start of the 21/22 season.

“Taunton Town would like to extend its sincere gratitude to Nick for his commitment and hard work throughout his tenure with the club.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Somerset County Gazette: Grimes said it has been a “massive privilege” to represent Taunton.Grimes said it has been a “massive privilege” to represent Taunton. (Image: Contributed)

Writing on X (formerly Twitter), Grimes said: “All good things come to an end… been a massive privilege to play for Taunton Town for the last five seasons, even more so to captain them for four years.

“I’ve made memories I’ll never forget and achieved it all with an unbelievable group of lads.

“175 appearances, 12 goals and out.”

Former manager Rob Dray, whose contract was not renewed at the end of the season, replied: “Naming you skipper was one of my better decisions. Been huge for me as a player and more importantly as a proper bloke.”

And goalkeeper Lloyd Irish described Grimes as “a true leader” who always put the team first and never gave less than 100 per cent.

He said: “It was an honour to share the pitch and dressing room with you.”