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Three and easy for Reds as boss Gray insists Joe The Goal is not for sale

 

By Conor McLaughlin

Adamant Cliftonville boss Barry Gray has told predatory rivals that Joe Gormley is off limits this January after his star striker was among the goals again in their 3-1 win over Newry City last night.

The win takes Gray's Reds up to fourth in the Danske Bank Premiership table after they fought back from a goal down to take all three points.

In front of the Sky Sports cameras at Solitude, defender Darragh Noonan had given the visitors the lead, but in a quickfire eight minute spell, Rory Donnelly, Gormley and Ryan Curran all found the back of the net to ensure there would be no shock result.

And, after the game, Gray insisted that Gormley, known as Joe The Goal, will be going nowhere when the transfer window opens in the New Year, with Airtricity Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers reportedly ready to make a bid for Cliftonville's all-time leading scorer.

"Joe is contracted with us, he's a Cliftonville player, he wants to be here, we want him and he's a big part of what we're doing, going forward," was Gray's frank assessment. "That's how it will stay."

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