Ports accept Murray transfer request

Darren Murray enjoys the celebrations following a goal for the striker in Monday's defeat of Glentoran. Pics by PressEye Ltd.
Darren Murray enjoys the celebrations following a goal for the striker in Monday's defeat of Glentoran. Pics by PressEye Ltd.

Darren Murray has issued his second transfer request of the season - with Portadown officials now open to offers for the wantaway striker.

Murray’s summer push for a move away from Shamrock Park was rejected by the Ports but now manager Ronnie McFall has confirmed a shift in the club stance.

Darren Murray. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Darren Murray. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

“Darren has asked for a transfer as he is not happy overall and we have agreed to put him on the list,” said McFall. “If he wants to go we now feel it is better he moves on so will listen to offers.

“He has told us he is not happy so think it is in the best interests of the club and all concerned if he moves.

“There is no price set so we will see what happens, time will tell.

“Derry City and Cliftonville had bids rejected in the summer, with interest at the time also from Linfield and Glentoran.

“We are open to negotiations but still want a top price for a player who is still just 24 years old and someone I rate as a top striker.

“It has to be the right offer and he will continue to be available for selection.”

Murray cited a desire for a move across the water to full-time football as the primary motivation behind his summer request. The Belfast-born striker felt a city club would offer increased profile for professional scouts.

“I reached an agreement with Ronnie last night (Tuesday) that it is better for both parties if we go our separate ways,” said Murray on Wednesday, who has scored seven goals in 19 Danske Bank Premiership appearances this season. “I’m no longer happy with playing my football at Portadown.”

Portadown’s Board of Directors released a statement this week to provide clarification on budget restrictions in the January transfer window. The statement confirmed “we are unable to add to the playing panel unless current players are moved on”.