Clubs across the League of Ireland today released players to make room for new additions as the July transfer window heats up.
Sligo Rovers midfielder Liam Martin, who featured in 18 of the clubs 20 league games, had his contract terminated by ‘mutual consent.’ The club released a statement on his departure;
‘Liam Martin has today left the Bit o’ Red following the mutual cancellation of his contract at The Showgrounds.
The winger departs Rovers for personal reasons after 18 months into his second spell at the club.’
Manager Gerard Lyttle said: “I want to thank Liam for all his efforts with us.
“He has a tremendous attitude, made a big contribution in his time with us, has put everything into it and I know he will be missed by his team-mates and others at the club.
“We wish him the very best for the future.”
Club chairman Martin Heraghty said: “Liam has shown 100% committment to the club and as we part ways by mutual agreement, we want to express our good wishes going forward and thank him for his service.”
Martin himself penned a heartfelt goodbye message to the bit o’red and it’s supporters;
To everyone at Sligo Rovers
“I know it came as a bit of a shock to a pot of people but for personal reasons the club and I have mutually ended the contract which for myself was a massive decision to make.”
“I would like to thank Sligo Rovers for my two spells at the club. I will always be greatful for the opportunity to play full-time football with them. I also want to thank the manager and the staff for the short time with them and wish them all the best.”
For the players that’s there, I want nothing but the best for all of them. It was a pleasure to share the pitch with them.”
“Last but not least, I would like to thank all the supporters at the club. They really are the heart of the club and it just shows with how much they have raised for the club this year.”
“On that note thank you so much for all your support. Sligo Rovers will always hold a special place with me.”
Finn Harps announced that striker Ciaran O’Connor’s loan from champions Dundalk had come to an end. The 21 year-old scored 4 goals in 14 league games for Ollie Horgan’s side.
The striker 21 today was subsequently sent out on a further loan to Dublin club Bohemians for the remainder of the season.
— Bohemian FC (@bfcdublin) July 4, 2017
“On behalf of Finn Harps I would all like to thank Ciaran for the commitment he gave us in the League of Ireland Premier Division this season and we wish him well in his career going forward” said manager Ollie Horgan.
St Patricks Athletic released 31 year-old midfielder Patrick Cregg after just 6 months. Cregg joined the club after spending 3 years at Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers.
He featured in 15 league games this season, starting 13 of those, but he’s now been deemed as surplus to requirements by Liam Buckley.
Veteran defender Dave Mulcahy’s contract has been cancelled by Waterford FC by mutual consent due to work commitments. The 39 year-old will probably retire from the game. The club said ‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave for his efforts both on and off the field this season at Waterford FC. ‘
The club did bring in a defender in Shamrock Rovers youngster Sean Heaney. The 21 year-old has only made one start under Stephen Bradley this season, afterfeaturing 15 times in 2016.
— Shamrock Rovers F.C. (@ShamrockRovers) July 4, 2017