McFall maintains stance on Murray’s Ports future

Darren Murray.
Darren Murray.

Portadown officials proved silent this week on speculation of transfer bids lodged for disgruntled striker Darren Murray.

However, Ports manager Ronnie McFall did discuss the situation to reiterate the club stance that Murray is not for sale.

Cliftonville and Linfield were both linked with official transfer bids for under-contract Murray this week but Portadown’s Board of Directors proved unavailable for comment.

McFall confirmed that face-to-face talks with Murray before last weekend’s opening pre-season training session confirmed the forward’s desire for a move out of Shamrock Park.

The Belfast-born striker recently submitted an official transfer request, citing a desire to enhance his prospects of full-time football.

The Ports’ budget restrictions prevent any summer signings and McFall is adamant the club will refuse all offers for his squad, including cash plus players.

This season’s kit launch will take place on Tuesday at Shamrock Park from 6.30, with a 10 per cent discount on merchandise.