Adam Lakeland has slammed striker Quaine Bartley after the former loan player jetted off to Dubai – having told the Linnets boss he was too ill to play for the club.

Bartley missed the trip to Darlington on October 14, but was caught out when a picture of him appeared on social media.

The 19-year-old was on a season-long loan but was immediately sent back to parent club AFC Wimbledon.

“He is not the type of person or player that I want to be associated with,” said Lakeland after Tuesday’s dramatic 3-2 win over Bishop’s Stortford.

“And he won't be coming back, as simple as that.”

“Without elaborating too much, I think probably people deserve to have a little bit more meat on the bone - in a nutshell, he said he was ill and unable to train. But then we learned that he was in Dubai.

“And for a professional footballer who's in a privileged position, that's just unacceptable behaviour. Obviously he's not our player so however his club (Wimbledon) opt to deal with him is entirely up to them, but they know that we don't want him back here, simple as that.”

Bartley started just one league game, with seven sub appearances, without scoring during his spell at Lynn.

His exit is in contrast to that of midfielder Sion Spence, who joined Havant & Waterlooville last week.

“To be fair to Sean, I think he probably realised that his opportunities were going to be limited and there was interest there from Steve King at Havant, who had him at Gloucester,” said Lakeland.

“We're not achieving anything by keeping him around when he's got an opportunity to go elsewhere and play games and it obviously helps us get him off the budget and maybe free up some funds for us to utilise elsewhere when we see the right opportunity to bring somebody in.

“What I would say is his attitude and his application was fantastic, even when he knew that he was likely to go. He still travelled when he was unwell and he still reported for training and did the right things.”