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Cleary set to leave Solitude

By Stuart McKinley

Published 18/08/2007

Cliftonville midfielder Sean Cleary is on his way out of the club.

The former Ards man shocked manager Eddie Patterson when he handed in a transfer request at training on Thursday night.

The Reds have agreed to the request and now Cleary is expected to quit Solitude before the transfer window closes in a little less than two weeks time, but the club is adamant that he won't leave without a fee or a player-exchange deal being agreed.

Cleary joined Cliftonville two years ago when he was signed by former manager Liam Beckett, but never played a match under his charge before Beckett left following a disagreement with the club.

Injuries have curtailed his appearances and he will now seek a fresh start elsewhere.

He is unlikely to figure in today's north-Belfast derby against Crusaders at Seaview as the Reds attempt to make the final of the CIS Insurance Cup for the second season in succession.

While Cleary is heading for the Solitude exit door, Patterson remains in the hunt for a striker to bolster his attack and although the club this week turned down an offer for Vincent Sweeney from Newry City, saying that the player isn't for sale, that may change if there is a new arrival.

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