Gerry Britton will step down from his position as Partick Thistle chief executive and away from his role at the club’s academy at the end of this month.

The 52-year-old, who enjoyed two separate stints at Firhill as a player, succeeded Ian Maxwell as the Jags’ chief executive in 2018 and was named as the club’s academy director a decade ago.

In a statement published on the club’s website, Britton reflected on his 30-year association with the Glasgow club as he wished Thistle all the best in the future.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be leaving Partick Thistle Football Club,” Britton said. “I informed the club of my wish to leave after what was an exhilarating end to the season past.

“Having now worked with the management and backroom staff to lay the foundations for the new season ahead, I feel now is the right time for me to leave the club to pursue other opportunities.

“It has been a great privilege to serve the club for the past five years in the chief executive role, and for the five years prior establishing the Thistle Weir Youth Academy as its first academy director.

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“Whilst helping to lead the club through the Covid pandemic and the associated fallout was an unprecedented challenge, being part of the subsequent journey to win League One and then be within a penalty kick of promotion to the Premiership, created amazing memories that I will always cherish.

“I would like to thank all the staff, players, volunteers, supporters and board members I have encountered at the club over the past three decades.

“My association with the club dates back to 1992 when I first signed as a player for the late John Lambie. I have also served as first team manager, assistant manager, academy director and chief executive.

“It goes without saying that the club will always have a special place in my heart. Partick Thistle is a wonderful club with an amazing set of supporters who I want to personally thank for all their support. I wish the club continued success, forever and ever”.

Thistle chairman Alistair Creevy added: “Gerry has been an outstanding employee of the club both as a player and CEO.

“The board wishes to thank Gerry for the dedication and service he has shown to the club. We wish him every success in the future and look forward to seeing him back at Firhill supporting the Jags.”