Prolific goalkicker Ash Murray has departed Howlong.
He recently signed with the Quambatook Saints in the Golden Rivers Football Netball League.
Murray joined the Spiders from Bullioh where he played in the Bulldogs flag in 2019.
The burly full forward proved to be a class above in the lower standard of the Upper Murray league after booting 160 goals at an average of almost nine goals a match.
He was the Spiders main avenue to goal last season with 28 goals from seven matches.
Murray said he struggled to recapture his best form for Howlong after having 2020 off due to COVID and not being as fit as previous seasons.
"I probably didn't have my best season and was forced to miss a few games because of the lockdown in Victoria," Murray said.
"I was a bit underdone to be honest after having a year in the Upper Murray where I didn't train much followed by a year off.
"You soon get caught out in the Hume league if you don't do the work.
"But I still enjoyed my time at the club.
"Living in Melbourne, I always look forward to coming back to the Border on weekends to play football and catch up with my family.
"Quambatook gave me a call over the off-season and the challenge of playing in a different competition appealed to me.
"My cousin is involved with the club and that was the connection."
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Murray has been one of the most consistent goalkickers in the Hume league for the best part of a decade.
He started his career with Jindera where he spent several seasons including booting 79 goals in 2014.
A prodigious kick of the football, Murray crossed to rival Hume league club Murray Magpies in 2015.
Murray became the first Magpie to crack the ton since Steve Hetherton in the Coreen league after booting 110 goals.
The Magpies also played finals for the first time since crossing from the Coreen league.
The 30-year-old said he intended to play for 'at least a few more seasons.'
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