BRIGHTLINGSEA Regent striker Billy Clark is taking a break from football because of ongoing concerns about his fitness.

The former Ipswich Town front man joined at the turn of the year but has only featured sporadically and was an unused substitute in Saturday's dramatic 3-2 defeat at home to Dorking Wanderers.

Now he has decided to take a breather because he feels he is not doing himself justice, following an injury-plagued spell.

“Billy's had such bad luck and it's been a difficult time for him," said Regent boss Tom Rothery.

“He had a cruciate ligament injury three years ago and then broke his ankle last season, when I was with him at Needham Market.

“That came at a time when he was just starting to get his fitness back after the first injury.

"Unfortunately, he just can't get himself fit at the moment and that's why he's reluctantly taken the decision to stop playing.

"He feels he’s not doing himself justice and an additional thing is the travelling required at this level, which doesn't suit him because of his work commitments.

"I completely understand and, unfortunately, tend to agree.

"It’s tough for him.

"I knew he wasn’t fit but wanted to give him an opportunity, as it would have been nice to see him back and he would have been good for us, too.

“He’s got experience at this level and he’s undoubtedly got quality.

“But I respect his decision and only want good things for him, because he's a good lad."