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Murray and McFall set for talks over transfer request

By Staff Reporter

Darren Murray is set to have showdown talks with Ronnie McFall tomorrow with Portadown continuing to insist the striker is not for sale.

Murray is scheduled to meet up with the rest of the Portadown squad for the start of pre-season training but he has expressed a desire to leave Shamrock Park.

The 23-year-old submitted a transfer request this week in a bid to push through a move to Cliftonville.

The Reds are desperately searching for more striking power after Joe Gormley earned a move to Peterborough United, and Murray fits the bill.

But McFall is determined to keep hold of Murray and his strike partner Gary Twigg, who is also on many clubs' wanted lists.

Murray has argued that a move would boost his chances of achieving full-time football, however McFall has dismissed that claim as an insult to Portadown.

The former Donegal Celtic player signed a two-year contract with the Ports midway through last season but now the Ports may reluctantly agree to sell Murray to bring someone in who wants to play for the jersey.

The Irish League fixture list for next season will be released this morning with Crusaders defending a championship title for the first time in 18 years.

Crues chairman Stephen Bell said: "It will be a tough season as everyone will be out to beat the champions but we have a good squad here and we have been improving every season so there is no reason why we cannot maintain that.

"We have cover for every position and the boys are looking forward to another exciting league campaign."

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