Paddy McCourt to leave Glenavon

Paddy McCourt (left) with David Healy 

PADDY McCourt’s spell with Glenavon has come to an abrupt end with the club revealing that the Northern Ireland winger will leave with “immediate effect.”

The much travelled 33-year-old made the switch to the Lurgan Blues from Luton Town in July – following his return home in May after his wife Laura was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

But a statement on the club website made it clear that the transfer had not worked out as planned.

Glenavon player manager Gary Hamilton nevertheless paid the former Celtic player, who signed on a one year contract, a fulsome tribute.

“Paddy is a model professional and he’s been very honourable and shown great integrity in the way he has dealt with me,” said Hamilton.

“He feels that he hasn’t reached the heights he had hoped to and I feel that sometimes the way we played didn’t suit Paddy.

“When I signed him I had hoped he would fit in with our style of play at the time but it hasn’t worked out that way so we agreed that it would be best for both parties to release him.

“Paddy told me he has found it difficult to adjust to part-time football from being full-time and he missed the full-time regime of training every day.

“Myself, the coaching staff and the players have all really enjoyed working with Paddy and I personally wish him all the best in whatever he chooses to do as he weighs up his options for the future.”

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