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Peter Thompson is not losing hope of more trophy joy after Linfield

By Stuart McKinley

Peter Thompson has vowed to hit the goal trail again in the Danske Bank Premiership after his release from Linfield.

The former Northern Ireland international is also hungry to increase an already bulging medal collection and is determined that there is life after the Blues.

Thompson's glittering career at Windsor Park came to an end when manager Warren Feeney informed him that he wouldn't be offered a new contract, after winning 17 trophies and scoring 230 goals for the Blues.

Injuries curtailed him to just 43 appearances and eight goals over the last two seasons, but having just turned 31 last week Thompson is ready to undertake a fresh challenge.

"I still feel that I have plenty to offer anyone who wants to sign me," said Thompson, who revealed that he has had 'a few phone calls' from interested clubs since the Blues announced he was being released.

"I feel fine. Other than a broken hand at the start of the season any injuries I have had have been niggles.

"This is very new to me because I have never been out of contract before. I am going to wait and see what happens over the next few weeks. There is no need for me to rush into anything, the season has only just finished and I have time to weigh things up and make the right decision for my career."

Other than an 18-month spell at Stockport County, Thompson has spent his entire career at Linfield, but scoring the goals that helps a new club win silverware is now his target.

"I am confident that I have got more goals in me," said Thompson. "I wasn't surprised when I was told that I was being let go. I have been around football long enough, I know how these things work and I saw it coming.

"The one thing you want in that situation is to be treated with respect and the club did things the right way - meeting me face-to-face.

"I had a good run at Linfield and not many players have been fortunate enough to either move on to better things in full-time football or to retire while still a regular in the first team.

"People have said in the past that once you leave Linfield it's a step down, but we haven't won a major trophy in the last two seasons and players who left the club have. That's what I will be trying to do."

Thompson is being heavily linked with a move to Ballymena United where he would be reunited with his former strike partner and now Sky Blues boss Glenn Ferguson.

One Linfield old boy definitely heading to Warden Street is goalkeeper Alan Blayney who has agreed to return to United for a second spell between the posts.

Blayney has left Glenavon and agreed a two-year deal.

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