PLAYER SOLD: Lorent Tolaj

We can confirm that Lorent Tolaj has joined Sky Bet League Two side Port Vale for an undisclosed fee which activated the striker’s release clause.

The 23-year-old departs the Shots after a brilliant season in front of goal where he scored 25 goals in 49 games.

Tolaj joined the Shots last summer on a free transfer from Brighton & Hove Albion having scored just once in senior men’s football, but quickly settled well to life at the EBB Stadium.

The Swiss striker scored a double at the EBB Stadium in our opening day 5-2 win over Oxford City and scored five goals – including a brilliant hat-trick against Lewes – in our FA Cup run.

Upon his departure, Tolaj said: “Thank you to the fans, the coaching staff and my teammates: It was an unforgettable season for me.”

“I will now be an Aldershot fan and I wish the club all the best for the new season!”

Tommy Widdrington said on Lorent’s departure: “We as a club should be proud that we’ve been a part of the journey for Lorent.”

“I believe there are so many young players out there just needing a chance or a platform, and Lorent should be an example to all lads who don’t get their break at higher levels that with the right application and environment you can bounce back!”

Everyone at the club would like to wish Lorent the best of luck in his future and to thank him for his contributions to the club during his year with us.