Darren Murray has described his dream of a career in full-time football as the motivation behind delivering a formal transfer request to Portadown.
The striker’s request was delivered on Tuesday via e-mail - with both Cliftonville and Linfield understood to be interested in the forward.
“I have been at Portadown for around three years now and when I joined I was promised clubs would come and look at me but that has not happened,” said Murray. “I am 23 years old now and have scored 70-odd goals for Portadown I think but the reality is only the big Belfast clubs seem to have the profile for players looking across the water.
“With pre-season training about to start I wanted to make my position clear and it really comes down to watching other players like Joe Gormley get attention from professional clubs and wanting that chance.
“I appreciate it is up to me to perform on the pitch and accept my attitude has let me down in the past but feel it is the right time for a change.
“I have an agent in place and want to give myself the best chance at a move but it seems for that to happen I need to be at a Belfast club.
There is no fall-out with Portadown and I will continue to be professionalDarren Murray
“I’m not saying that other clubs are better than Portadown and I have enjoyed it over the past three years but this is about what could be best for my own career.”
Murray is set to join his Portadown team-mates this weekend for the opening pre-season training session of the summer.
“There is no fall-out with Portadown and I will continue to be professional so am not going to go on strike or anything,” said Murray. “The request has been sent and Ronnie or the club can speak to me or my agent.
“I am aware of interest from both Linfield and Cliftonville.”
Murray’s future was the subject of social media rumours last weekend regarding the validity of his contract.
Club sources confirmed Murray remains under professional contract, having signed a two-year extension in 2014.
“Darren is under contract and we consider rumours of any problems with his registration to be total nonsense,” said a spokesman. “This has popped up on social media but is without substance.”