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Long-serving Ryan Catney to leave Cliftonville at end of season

Ryan Catney in action for Cliftonville.
Ryan Catney in action for Cliftonville.

Long-serving Cliftonville legend Ryan Catney is to leave the club at the end of this season.

Cliftonville announced on Wednesday that Catney would leave the club by mutal consent.

The 32-year-old has played for the club for 12 years after joining from Lisburn Distillery.

He fought back from a serious leg break to return to the Cliftonville squad for this season.

Cliftonville have said that the tough-tackling midfielder's final home game for the club could be this Saturday's North Belfast Derby against Crusaders at Solitude.

Since making his debut in a League Cup clash with Limavady United on August 11, 2007, Catney has gone on to score 13 goals in 394 appearances for Cliftonville.

He was part of the squad that won the Premiership in 2013 and 2014, and was part of many Co Antrim Shield successes.

Catney is currently ninth in the club's all-time appearance list.

He said that Cliftonville would always have a special place in his heart.

“It was an honour to be part of so many successful teams at Cliftonville and it’s something I’ll always look back on with pride,” Catney said.

“I’m disappointed to be leaving but I have a lot of great moments to reflect on. I contributed as much as I could every time I was on the pitch and feel lucky to have been involved alongside so many great players.

“Cliftonville has been such a big part of my life and will always be a part of me. I’ll always be proud of what I achieved here.”

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