Murray’s farewell message to Ports fans

Darren Murray. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Darren Murray. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Darren Murray took to social media on the day he completed his transfer from Portadown to Cliftonville to deliver a farewell message to the Shamrock Park fanbase.

The forward made a point of paying tribute to the Ports fans alongside expressing his delight at securing his dream move to the Belfast club.

His post on Facebook stated: “Thank you to Portadown also for the past 5 years of my career it was a pleasure to be associated with such a big club for so long ✌..! Also thanks to fans who backed me week in week out appreciate it so much ..!!”.

He used Twitter to send out the following thanks: “Thanks to every 1 @Portadownfc for the past 5 years, was a pleasure to be with the club that long to many to name but thank you to all”.

Portadown agreed a fee this morning (Friday) with Cliftonville for the striker following a number of bids by the city outfit. Derry City and Glentoran also expressed an interest in making a move for the striker following Portadown’s decision to accept a second transfer request of the season by Murray.

The cash will be delivered to Portadown across January and the summer, with bonus terms included in the offer relating to Cliftonville qualifying for Europe or any future sell-on fee.

A deal has been agreed that Murray will not face Portadown when the clubs next meet in the Danske Bank Premiership.

It is understood that Murray’s exit will mark the only player leaving Shamrock Park during this January transfer window - despite speculation linking Gary Twigg, Michael Gault, Garry Breen and Chris Casement away from the club.

Murray’s move off the wage bill is understood to have opened up room in the salary cap for a Portadown signing before the end of January.