JOE Grant has become the latest player to leave Bracknell Town, saying: "It's time for a new challenge," writes Dave Wright.

Voted player of the season by the club's supporters, Grant scored 18 Bostik League goals while setting up many more for his teammates.

Among those to benefit the most was 31-goal Liam Ferdinand, who has also left Larges Lane, giving the same reason as wide-man Grant.

It is believed both players were, understandably, looking to get a better deal from the club, having played a leading role in firing them into last month's South Central Division play-off final, where they lost 3-0 at home to Cheshunt.

Both are set to join clubs at a higher level and it should not be too long before the duo reveal where they will be playing next season.

"I had some fantastic memories at Bracknell, played with some unbelievable players and made some mates for life," said Grant.

"(It was) a journey I will always remember, but here's to a new chapter and a new challenge."

In addition to being No. 1 in the eyes of the Robins fans, Grant also made the South Central Division's supporters' team of the year, as did defender Joe Gater.

Grant, as with Ferdinand, was one of only a handful of players from last season the Robins were prepared to keep following the arrival of new manager Sam Lock.

But, at least, Seb Bowerman and keeper Mark Scott have confirmed in the past week they will be staying at Larges Lane, joining Gater, Harrison Bayley and Kensley Maloney.

Both Bowerman and Scott turned down opportunities to move away early last season.

The Robins have also announced two new signings, Rob Sheridan and Kai Walters.

Centre-back Sheridan joins from Bostik League Premier Division champions Dorking Wanderers, having made 18 appearances for them last season.

Walters, an attacking midfielder, was previously with Ascot United and Maidenhead United, having earlier played Academy football at both Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers.

Walters made 17 appearances for Ascot last season, scoring two goals.

Former teammate Dan Price, a striker, has also been linked with a move to Bracknell.

Having left Maidenhead United on good terms, it will be surprising if Lock doesn't sign more players from the National League club, even on a loan or dual-register forms.

One thing is for certain, he will need to make several more signings if the team is to become as competitive as they were last season.