Clubs set to swoop as Rory Patterson's Derry City career ends
Rory Patterson's Derry City career is over. The striker's two-year spell at the Brandywell has come to an end after the player and the club mutually agreed to terminate his contract.
The move comes in the wake of both Patterson and Shane McEleney being transfer listed by the Candystripes just before Christmas as manager Peter Hutton revamps his squad.
A brief statement released by Derry City said: "Derry City manager Peter Hutton has announced that striker Rory Patterson has left the club this morning.
"Derry City FC would like to thank Rory Patterson for his commitment and service during his time with the club. As a club we would also like to wish him well in his future."
Patterson said that he didn't want to start pre-season with Derry not knowing where he was going to finish it and he will now take time to decide his next move.
It is understood that he was given permission to speak to both Limerick and Shamrock Rovers after being put on the list and Dundalk and Linfield - where he spent six months during the 2011-12 season while on loan from Plymouth Argyle - have also been mentioned as possible destinations for the 30-year-old former Northern Ireland international.
It is believed that a move to Australia is another possibility for Patterson.
His exit from Derry City comes just a few days after Hutton agreed a new contract with winger Stephen Dooley, who had been on trial with Wycombe Wanderers.
Two other Derry City players have spent time with cross-channel clubs in recent weeks.
Michael Duffy impressed during a trial game with Celtic and McEleney's brother Patrick is currently with Brentford.
No moves have yet materialised for either player, with Shane McEleney yet to move on either.