Belfast Telegraph

Posh cancelled Joe Gormley's deal for the good of his health, says Barry Fry

By Conor McLaughlin

Barry Fry insists that Joe Gormley's psychological well-being is of greater importance than the terms and conditions of his contract.

Peterborough United's director of football says that Gormley - who joined St Johnstone on loan in August after battling back from the cruciate knee ligament injury that kept him sidelined for the first year of his professional career - will depart the ABAX Stadium with the club's blessing after requesting the cancellation of his deal.

"Several weeks ago, Joe Gormley's agent rang me up and said he'd left Scotland to go back home," explained Fry.

"He was disillusioned with football. He didn't want to be a full-time professional player anymore. He just wanted to go back to Ireland, work and play part-time or whatever.

"Clearly Joe has been down because he got that horrific injury, he's not really recovered from that, he's not played enough games, so he feels (as though) he gives it a go, it's not for him and he wants to go back and get his old job back and live at home which, no matter what happens, Joe Gormley's more important than St Johnstone or Peterborough United."

Posh, St Johnstone and Gormley have written to Fifa requesting permission to cancel the 26-year-old's contract, with Fry adding: "We're waiting for the reply from Fifa. If they don't give special dispensation, we'll have to wait until January, until he comes back to us, and then we will honour what we've already told Joe and we'll cancel the contract by mutual consent.

"It's just one of those unfortunate things but the most important thing is, in my opinion, Joe's health, his state of mind."

Though Linfield boss David Healy is an admirer of the striker, Cliftonville are favourites to secure the services of the man who scored 122 goals in 183 appearances between 2011-2015 but, having already turned out for both Peterborough and St Johnstone this term, Gormley would not be eligible to play for a new club until next season.

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