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Alan Davidson quits Ballymena United with charitable gift

By Graham Luney

Glenn Ferguson has hailed the generosity of Alan Davidson after the player insisted his final month's wages should be donated to charity.

The former Glenavon midfielder has left Ballymena United to play gaelic football, but his kind-hearted gesture has been warmly applauded by supporters.

United boss Ferguson, who has also lost the services of Mark McCullagh due to work commitments, admits it's a blow to lose Davidson but the player was no longer committed to the cause.

"Alan is a very, very talented player, but I just think it had got to the stage where he had lost the interest to play football at this level," said Ferguson, whose side face Cliftonville in tomorrow's Wasp Solutions League Cup decider at Windsor Park (5.30pm).

"Certain things had happened since November and he wasn't available. We have had a few chats about it and he has decided to go and play gaelic. We have to appreciate he wants to do that and it's his decision. There's nothing we can do.

"The contract will be terminated by mutual consent but fair play to him, he has decided to donate his final month's salary to a charity of the club's choice which is very nice of him and shows what kind of person he is."

The Sky Blues stated: "His contract is being terminated by mutual consent, and he leaves with a surprising and incredibly generous gesture. He has decided that he'll donate his final month's wages to a charity of Ballymena United's choice. We'd like to wish Alan all the best for the future and thank him for his efforts in his time with the Club."

Ferguson's squad has been ravaged by injuries this season, but now the only two players facing long spells in the treatment room are Aaron Stewart and Kyle McVey.

"At one stage we were carrying eight reasonably senior players who were injured," added the Linfield legend. "We do have a good panel, but we have lost two players in the last two days. Alan just decided on Wednesday that he is no longer going to play football and Marc McCullough has quit for work commitments. But we have added Gary McCutcheon and Eamon McAllister to give us more attacking options."

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