Chairman Andy Pilley paid tribute to departing striker Paddy Madden while insisting it was a deal which suited everyone involved.
The 31-year-old joined National League side Stockport County on Monday in a permanent six-figure deal, signaling the end of a hugely successful three years at Highbury Stadium.
And Cod Army chairman Pilley explained the decision to allow him to leave was a tough call, but one which is best for both parties.
“Paddy has been a fantastic player for Fleetwood Town Football Club and the decision to allow him to leave has been very difficult,” explained Pilley.
"Not only is he our record EFL goal scorer, but he’s also been a hugely popular character among the players, staff, and of course supporters.
However, all good things come to an end at some point and it’s important we do what’s best for the future of the club.
"As a club, we have a big summer ahead and we intend to strengthen the squad, as well as continue to develop the huge talents we have coming through in our U23s and youth Academy.”
Madden fired 53 goals in 149 games at Highbury Stadium and was a hugely popular figure among staff and supporters alike. And Pilley revealed his respect for the striker’s future was one of the reasons why he reluctantly allowed him to depart.
He added: "Once the offer came in from Stockport, we spoke to Paddy to see how he felt about it all. He’s 31 now and taking into consideration his diminishing game time in recent months we came to an agreement it would be a good time to shake hands, thank him, and wish him well for the future.
"Paddy also made it clear the chance to sign a long-term contract was too much of a draw for him and his family, so it’s a deal which suits everyone.
"I’d personally like to thank Paddy for all his efforts and wish him well for the future.”