COLCHESTER Hockey Club's men's first team are on the hunt for a new captain following Simon Pearson-Burton's decision to leave the newly-promoted club.

Pearson-Burton helped steer the Garrison club to a runners-up finish in East Men's Hockey League division three south east this season, earning them promotion to division two for next season.

But he will not be leading the team in a higher division, after deciding to move on from Colchester due to his new work commitments.

Pearson-Burton said: "Sadly, I won't be with the team next year as I've moved on.

"I'd like to thank the players for their hard work, dedication and most of all for just simply making it fun.

"I’m going to miss being at the club and wish them all the best of luck for the coming season."

Colchester finished second behind champions Chelmsford this season, after a fine campaign.

They were beaten on only five occasions in total and hit an impressive 96 goals, comfortably the highest total in the division.

"I think we're all in need of a rest after quite an intense season," said Pearson-Burton, who only took over as captain from Dean Campbell, last summer.

"The squad gave a huge amount of commitment to both playing and training and that clearly shows in our promotion.

"We're looking good for next year and should retain much of the squad.

"We've already made few additions that should add some extra firepower to the team."

Colchester's season ended on a losing note, after their young team were thrashed 5-0 by Essex neighbours and third-placed side Southend.

They were without a number of senior players due to injury, including Pearson-Burton.

He added: "It’s always disappointing to lose - we're carrying a number of injuries at the moment and we’re unable to field much of the usual squad.

"This in itself shone the light on the fact we have quality in depth.

"It might seem like quite a heavy defeat but when the bulk of the team is yet to turn 18 and not played much first-team hockey then I'm quietly pleased with the performance and not really fussed with the result.

"We've picked up a number of youngsters along the way this season and they have come along leaps and bounds, adding experience to their incredible talent.

"I'm sure these guys will be playing within the premier division for some time."