GEORGE Brown has departed East Thurrock United less than two months after committing to a second spell with the club.

The winger made the move to Rookery Hill after being released by Colchester United at the end of last term.

And, having worked with Brown for the majority of pre-season, Rocks boss John Coventry felt it was best for the recent arrival to move on before the Isthmian Premier League kicked into action.

“George is someone I know and I brought him in after he left Colchester earlier in the summer,” said Coventry.

“He had been with us for a loan spell before in 2017 but he wasn’t doing what it said on the tin.

“It wasn’t going to work out and so we’ve let him go.

“He is a lovely lad and I wish him all the best for the future.”

Jon Nzengo has also left East Thurrock just days before the Isthmian Premier League season opener against Cheshunt.

Nzengo joined Rocks midway through last season on dual registration terms from Romford and played a key role as the club won the Essex Senior Cup for the first time in their history.

But Coventry felt issues away from the pitch resulted in a dip in form.

“Jon is a fantastic lad and did well for me last season, but he was always hanging on at our level,” added Coventry.

“He knew it was difficult in the National League South and I thought it would work out better for him this season after dropping into the Isthmian Premier League.

“But he wasn’t performing well in pre-season and some personal issues may have been a factor in that.

“I wish him all the best and I’m sure he will find a club before the season starts.”

Rocks complete their pre-season programme by welcoming Isthmian North side Tilbury to Rookery Hill tonight.

The two sides will compete for the Robin Nash Memorial Trophy and Coventry is looking forward to the clash.

“It’s a memorial game for Tilbury’s former owner and it’s always a great occasion,” admitted Coventry.

“We have this game every year and it’s competitive.

“I think it’s the ideal game before going into the new season.”