No calls as Young and Glentoran cancel Thai tour
Glentoran manager Scott Young said last night there have been no inquiries for any of his transfer-listed stars.
Young shocked the local game last week when he slapped Gary Hamilton, Andy Waterworth, Daryl Fordyce, Richard Clarke and Shane McCabe on the transfer list.
His mobile phone has been quiet though, only ringing to inform the Glentoran boss that the club’s trip to Thailand has been postponed because of the escalating violence in the country.
That development is hardly surprising, even if the news will bitterly disappoint those supporters who had booked to take in the three-match tour, starting on May 26.
What will be more surprising is the lack of interest shown by other clubs in the players who have been deemed surplus to requirements at the Oval.
Michael Halliday and Dean Fitzgerald have been released along with Kyle Neill who this week joined Glenavon, but the club still needs to cut its cloth and the exit door will not be closed just yet.
“There has not been one inquiry for any of the transfer-listed players,” said Young.
“I have heard rumours, but nothing firm has happened. It’s still early days though, with players coming out of contract at the end of May.
“The players are aware of the situation and we are getting on with it. If they end up staying here they will have to work hard to get into the team.”
Young admitted that cash was a rare commodity at the club.
“It’s not good,” he added. “The bottom line is the financial situation is not good. We have to cut our cloth like every other team. It’s frustrating because I can’t really bring players in at the moment.
“The best striker in the league, Rory Patterson is joining us and he is an exceptional signing for the club.
“Yes, he wants to play across the water, but a player of his talent should have that desire. I would expect him to have those ambitions.”
Glentoran had no option but to call off the Thailand trip with insurance cover being declared invalid while a Foreign Office travel warning remained in place.
The three-match tour was scheduled to start in Chonburi and end with a game against Thai Port in Bangkok on June 1.
“There is so much unrest there and you have to think about everyone’s safety,” added Young.
“How would our families feel knowing we would be there? The Foreign Office made it clear it wasn’t safe and we can all see that.
“It would have been nice for the supporters to see their team in Thailand and for Glentoran to travel to another part of the world, but the safety of players and fans is paramount.”
Glentoran have advised fans who wish to cancel their trip to Thailand to contact their travel agents or airlines.
Glens chairman Aubry Ralph said: “The situation in Bangkok remains volatile and the advice on the ground remains for none but essential travel.
“Glentoran FC wishes to apologise to any fans inconvenienced or disappointed by this decision but the club feels it has no other alternative in the face of the many difficulties in the current situation.”