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Ballymena United confirm departure of midfield duo

Ballymena United duo Shane McGinty (left) and Ryan Mayse (right) have left the club
Ballymena United duo Shane McGinty (left) and Ryan Mayse (right) have left the club

Ballymena United duo Shane McGinty and Ryan Mayse have both left the Showgrounds with immediate effect, the club have announced.

McGinty has been released from his contract as he considers his footballing options, while Mayse has returned to former club Ballinamallard United on loan.

Irish midfielder McGinty leaves the club after 16 games for Ballymena this campaign, with the 25-year-old unable to make his mark on the scoresheet.

The former Coleraine, Institute and Ballinamallard ace played 32 games at the Showgrounds across a season and a half, scoring two goals and two assists in that time.

26-year-old Mayse made 14 appearances for the Sky Blues this season, however the former Dungannon Swift also found goals hard to come by, failing to find the target.

The attacking midfielder departs having scored six goals and added seven assists in 40 appearances for the club since joining in summer 2018.

"We want to say a big thanks to both players for their contribution to Ballymena United," said manager David Jeffrey.

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"The long and short of it is that over the last period they have not had as much game time as they'd like, and both men committed themselves to travelling a massive distance to training and matches. Going forward they wanted more regular football and something which would maybe suit them better logistically.

"We always say it's a long road that has no turns and the biggest compliment that I could pay the pair of them is that Bryan and I would welcome the opportunity to work with both again in the future and we can't speak fondly enough of them.

"We understand their position going forward and we will give them all the assistance they need. We wish Ryan all the best at Ballinamallard, whilst Shane wants to take time to consider his options. Thanks and all best wishes for the future for both lads."

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