DJ - Robert Garrett Canada bound

Posted : 9th April 2013

DJ spoke to Linfieldfc.com with news about the imminent departure of star midfielder Robert Garrett.

"I can confirm that Robert Garrett will be leaving the club to take up an offer of full-time football in Canada.

The simple fact of the matter is that when Robert agreed his current contract with the club, as part of the negotiations a clause was inserted in his contract whereby the club would agree to his release, if the opportunity of full time football were to come along for him.

I think it's important on the club's behalf that we clarify the circumstances of Robert's release from his contract, when compared to the situation we were faced with with regard to Daryl Fordyce and Albert Watson.

They both advised the club in writing of their request to be released from their contract because it was their intention to emigrate to Canada. Football was a secondary consideration for them and certainly not the primary reason for their decision to leave Northern Ireland. At that stage, while it would be fair to say the timing of their departures was unfortunate, the club chose to respect their wishes and allow them to play football in Canada.

To give further clarification on the circumstances of Robert's departure ; in the first instance Robert will be leaving us on the basis of a loan agreement for the duration of the Canadian season which ends in November. At that time Robert's situation will be reviewed by this club.

Robert will not be joining up with the 1st team squad travelling to Ibrox tomorrow, as he is due to leave for Edmonton on Friday.

Robert has made a very significant contribution to the high level of success the club has attained in recent years. His talent, his efforts and his commitment have been very much appreciated by us all. We would all like to wish him every success in this next stage of his footballing career."

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