Dorchester Town have terminated Rico Wilson's contract after he was sent to jail for four months for possession of a Class B drug and other charges.
The 20-year-old striker, who was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday, has made 10 appearances for Dorchester so far this season.
Magpies boss Ashley Vickers told the Bournemouth Echo: "I don't condone what he's done but things happen in life.
"He got himself into a bit of bother and now is paying the consequences."
Wilson was charged for three other offences in addition to the charge of possession of a class B drug, including using offending behaviour, failing to surrender to custody and actual bodily harm.
"We want to stick by people but in regards to the possibility of him coming back to the club, we will cross that bridge when we come to it and see how he is when he comes out," Vickers added.
Perhaps as a club we need to do a bit more to find out what is going on in players' lives as we were unaware of what has happened
Dorchester Town chairman Shaun Hearn
Dorchester Town chairman Shaun Hearn added: "As a football club we don't want to be tarnished with anything like that because we are a family club, but on a personal level I have never had any problem with Rico.
"Perhaps as a club we need to do a bit more to find out what is going on in players' lives as we were unaware of what has happened.
"No-one is an angel and we don't want to discard him or kick him while is down.
"Ashley Vickers is a good manager - he'll talk to him when he comes out. If we can help people improve their lifestyles then we will. He has to face the punishment but if we can help him lead a normal life then we will."
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