Wright fuming at Aaron u-turn
Published 24/12/2007 | 08:48
It would be safe to assume that a Christmas card will not be winging it's way to Aaron Callaghan's house anytime soon from Tommy Wright.
Even after his Ballymena United side extended their unbeaten run to eight games thanks to Kevin Kelbie's brace against Institute, the result was over-shadowed by the absence of the Northern Ireland under-21 defender.
Wright had expected the talented utility man to put pen to paper on a new deal on Thursday night, but a sudden change of heart means that he is likely to see out the remaining six months on his contract at Warden Street before moving on, with eircom League new-boys, Finn Harps, the likely destination in the summer.
"Aaron didn't sign his deal which disappoints everyone at the club, especially when they agree to sign and then do a u-turn," Wright fumed.
"There is a procedure for clubs to go through and that hasn't been done.
"He was signing on Wednesday night and then suddenly he changed his mind.
"I believe he wants full-time football, but in my experience there is full-time football and full-time football.
"I know the club involved and I certainly wouldn't be encouraging him to go there for full-time football.
"The door's still open for him, but the problem for him is that someone has come in and taken his place."
On a brighter note, the Sky Blues go into Boxing Day's derby clash with Coleraine flying high in fourth place, thanks to Kelbie's double, which sandwiched an own goal by Albert Watson.
It leaves the Drumahoe men facing a nervous New Year and manager Lima Beckett will be hoping desperately that Santa Claus delivers the top present on his wish-list - a 20-goal a season striker.
" We had a game plan that I thought worked well, but it has been the same since the start of the season in that we lacked a cutting edge and someone to score goals," he said.
"We're all upbeat and you can't legislate for a moment of madness from your goalkeeper when he had time to take a touch, but I won't slate him because I rate him as one of the best three goalkeepers in the Premier League."