Linfield F.C. appreciative of the excellent service of Roy Carroll

Posted : 29th May 2019 at 16:27:36

Linfield F.C. can confirm that Roy Carroll has not been offered a contract extension beyond the expiry of his current contract at the end of this month.

Roy is currently recovering from a serious injury and the club had offered and was keen to provide Roy with the opportunity to return to pre-season training with the club to continue to assist with his return to full fitness.

David Healy paid the following tribute to his long time friend and former international team mate and thanked him for his major contribution to this club’s successes and development over the past three years.

“Personally, I want to thank Roy for his excellent service, leadership, hard work and dedication over the past 3 years at Linfield. He will and should be remembered as one of the greatest goalkeepers in Irish league and Northern Ireland history.

At Linfield, he proved to be not only hugely popular but also and even more importantly - highly successful - in his time with us.

At Roy’s age and in view of the seriousness of his injury, we were always going to need other goalkeepers to step up and thankfully, that’s how things turned out at the tail end of the season. Gareth finished the season as strongly as he did, Conor got a few games for experience towards the end and Alex Moore had an encouraging loan spell at Dungannon and all this was a huge plus for us, going forward.

It’s never easy when big characters and players of the quality Roy possess have to, or choose to leave, but for the long term, myself as the manager, has to make decisions for the future of the football club.

I’ve had a great relationship with Roy for over 20 years and I have huge respect for him as a player and a person. I will be for ever thankful that when I started off as the manager here, I was able to call upon the vast experience of Roy Carroll to marshall our defence. On and off the pitch, he was a huge part of the success the club has had in recent seasons.

He leaves with our gratitude, our very best wishes for all he does in the future and in particular, for a full recovery from the unfortunate injury he sustained in January. He leaves us all with many great memories.”

Linfield chairman and new Team committee chairman Roy McGivern added his own tribute and gratitude to the popular and influential Roy who played his part in 2 Premier League, 1 Irish Cup and 1 League cup successes in his memorable time at Windsor Park.

“I would wish to pay tribute to Ray Carroll who has been superb for the club since he signed for us in June 2016. He has made a massive contribution to our recent successes and has been an inspirational figure around the club. Unfortunately, Roy picked up a serious injury last season and, whilst he was welcome to return to the club in pre-season to continue his rehabilitation, we fully understand his decision to move on at this stage and continue his career elsewhere, once he has fully recovered from injury.

It has been a pleasure working with Roy at Linfield and he leaves the club with our very best wishes. I have no doubt that he has much to offer within football in the future and we are already seeing the benefits of his vast experience in terms of the significant development of our younger goalkeepers.”
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