NICKY Adams has apologised for Oldham Athletic suffering relegation from the Football League but has backed the club to bounce back under John Sheridan.

Adams was offered a new deal to stay for the 2022/23 after coming to the end of his contract.

But the 35-year-old has opted to draw a line under his full-time professional career and make the move into non-league football part-time.

After the club confirmed Adams' exit on Tuesday, the winger was unveiled as the latest signing for Northern Premier League Premier Division side Radcliffe, who are managed by former Latics striker Bobby Grant.

Adams said it had been a big decision, which he had taken with his family. His exit also offered the former Bury, Rochdale and Carlisle United wide man some time for reflection.

He took to social media to send a message to Latics fans, posting on Twitter: "Just want to wish #oafc all the best for the future.

"It's a great club with some fantastic people who work there and a brilliant fan base who (were) very good to me.

"I'm very sorry at what happened last season but no excuses from me as a team we (weren't) good enough and let too many games slip.

"After a long discussion with my family I have decided to move on.

"I wish the club nothing but success and you're in safe hands under Shez and Tommy (Wright) who treated me brilliantly.

"I have no doubt they'll get the club back to where it should be."