DARREN Perrin says that Mark Salter will always be welcome at Frome Town after the veteran striker called time on his 11-year association with the club.

The 29-year-old is the Robins’ leading appearance maker and top scorer after notching 292 goals in 450 appearances.

Salter made his Frome debut as an 18 year-old in 1999, spending just one season away from the club at Southend United and Bath City, and is now set to link up with Toolstation League outfit Bitton.

“He’s obviously been a fantastic servant for the club and his goal record is there for all to see,” said Badgers Hill boss Perrin.

“At the end of the day it was his decision to go and he said that he would be struggling to commit to training and some games.

“Mark’s one of those lads who likes to commit totally to something and he felt that he wouldn’t be doing himself justice.

“I think he’s got an arrangement with the manager at Bitton and he’ll be able to get away with missing training in the Western Leauge.

“It’s not just me that wishes him well, but everyone at the club and the door will always be open for Mark Salter at Frome Town.”

Frome, who have been drawn at home to Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Brislington in the Somerset Premier Cup first round have released their pre-season schedule.

Striker Salter could now line-up againt his old club when the Robins travel to Bitton on July 22.

“Knowing Mark, he’ll probably score against us,” said Perrin.

“We’ve got some good home games against strong sides set-up, which is a bit of a coup for us.”