Knight suspended by Coleraine

Published Wednesday, 13 July 2011
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Coleraine striker Leon Knight has been suspended indefinitely by the club for what it called "continual breach of contract".

This includes being quoted in newspaper reports that the former Chelsea trainee and Brighton player wanted to join another Irish League club, namely Glentoran.

Manager Oran Kearney said Knight, who joined the club last year, has been put on the transfer list.

Voicing his disappointment at what he called "this ongoing saga", Kearney said Knight failed to report for pre-season training and matches and also breached his contract and club rules for stating publically his desire to join Glentoran.

"Leon has a clause which allows him to go to any club outside of Northern Ireland for £5,000. The transfer fee to another Irish League club shall be to our valuation. Since the Swindon trial, there has been no contact from any club in relation to the transfer of Leon," Kearney explained.

"Leon has made it clear since the end of the season that he wanted to play in England, and recently for another Irish league club, but never a desire to stay at Coleraine FC.

"I am disappointed at this outcome, but only want players at the club who are committed to the cause, proud to wear the shirt and 100% focused on winning games for our fantastic fans.

"As far as I am concerned that is the matter dealt with until such times as an offer is made for Leon."

Coleraine travel to Dungannon Swifts on 6 August for their first game of the 2011/12 season.

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