Sad to leave Cliftonville, says proud Ryan Catney
Ryan Catney has confirmed his emotional departure from Cliftonville, saying: "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."
The 32-year-old is leaving the Reds at the end of the season by mutual consent after 12 years of incredible service.
This weekend he will be part of Cliftonville's matchday panel for the final time when Crusaders visit Solitude for what is the Reds' last home game of the Danske Bank Premiership season.
"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," says Catney.
"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."
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 the club, including the closing strike when Crusaders were beaten 4-0 in the 2013 League Cup Final.
Reds chairman Gerard Lawlor added on the club's website: "It was with a very heavy heart that I had the final conversation with Ryan today. To finally confirm the end was difficult.
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"There are no words to do justice to Ryan's commitment, passion and determination. His love of this club and his family make it hard not to stand in admiration.
"Not only do we lose Ryan but his wife Stephanie and sons Mark, Lochlainn and Laochra. I hope our supporters come out in their numbers on Saturday to bid farewell to a Cliftonville legend, one of our own."