Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Tipton set for Linfield exit

Matthew Tipton is leaving Linfield

Matthew Tipton is the latest big name casualty of Linfield's trophyless season after the club placed him on the transfer list.

The Welsh hitman has been made available to other clubs along with David Armstrong and Ryan Henderson.

Blues boss David Jeffrey, who has already brought central defender Mark Haughey to the club from Glenavon, continued his summer clear-out by releasing defender Steven Douglas, midfielder Damien Curran and striker Gary Browne.

Legend William Murphy was released by the club last week and last night's business certainly won't be the end of the comings and goings at Windsor.

Tipton's first season at the Blues was plagued by injuries and the fans never saw the best of the former Portadown striker.

Jeffrey said: "When the club does well and when the team is successful, contracts are more easily worked out.

"When the team doesn't do well and particularly, in the context of the disappointing season we've had this year, the squad has got to be refreshed and strengthened.

"Those players who are most vulnerable are usually those players who are coming out of contract.

"The reality is the club has still got to work within budget. Obviously, where possible, we've got to reduce the budget."

On Douglas, who has made more than 250 appearances for Linfield, Jeffrey added: "His contribution has been hugely significant here, not just off the pitch and in the changing room, where he is a great character but on the pitch also."

Meanwhile, Coleraine have snapped up former Crusaders goalkeeper Wayne Drummond on a two-year deal.

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