Feeney releases Linfield captain Gault

Published Friday, 09 May 2014
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New Linfield manager Warren Feeney looks set to make his mark quickly, releasing a number of players including the club's captain Michael Gault.

Feeney releases Linfield captain Gault
Linfield have released captain Michael Gault. (© Pacemaker)

In making the announcement on Thursday night, Feeney said the decision came after they failed to agree on terms for a new contract.

"I've therefore had to inform him that I'm not in a position to offer him a further contract extension at the club," Feeney said.

Hailing Gault for his years of service at Linfield, he added: "As with the other players I've spoken to, I know from my own experience how tough it is when you are not offered a new contract. It is without doubt the toughest decision to have to take in your career.

"As manager, I have to be prepared to take tough decisions when agreement cannot be reached."

While I'm fully respectful of great service in the past, I'm fully focused on reaching agreement with players for the future of the club.

Warren Feeney, Linfield manager

Gault made his debut for the Blues in 2002 and has since played in 480 games with the side.

Also departing Windsor Park are Matthew Tipton, James Knowles and Kyle McVey, while four players have signed one-year contract extensions.

TJ Murray, Sean Donnelly, Conor McMenamin and Rodney Brown have all secured new deals.

"It's great to get these players signed. I like the enthusiasm of talented young players," Feeney said.

"I want to see them in an environment with first team players and we'll see their drive in terms of how much they want to make the step up.

"It's a clean slate at the start of the new season. It's down to them to come back in pre-season and make the right impression on the coaching staff and me.

"As far as I'm concerned, if they're good enough, they'll be old enough for me."

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Darzo in Co Down wrote (268 days ago):
I want to wish all the players that have been realised all the best in the future wat the decide 2 do :) Thanks for all the years you have served linfield :) SUPER LINFIELD
Larry in Belfast wrote (268 days ago):
It doesn't say much for Jeffrey's opinion when a new manager throws out his captain before playing a game. Do not think there is something 'feeney' about it.
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