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Uncertainty and transfer speculation won't affect Flynn


Unclear future: Johnny Flynn

Unclear future: Johnny Flynn

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Unclear future: Johnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn says he won't be distracted by transfer speculation and remains totally focused on finishing the season on a high at Cliftonville.

Flynn's contract expires at the end of the season and a number of clubs, including Ballymena United, could move for the defender.

The 26-year-old started his career at the Sky Blues before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 2008.

The former Falkirk man admits his future is uncertain but he's determined to fire the Reds to European qualification.

Gerard Lyttle's side are only a point ahead of fourth-placed Glenavon ahead of today's fixtures which see the north-Belfast side host Glentoran while the Lurgan Blues entertain league leaders Crusaders.

"My only focus is on giving my all for Cliftonville until the end of the season and then we'll see what happens," said Flynn.

"My contract expires in the summer and the club is possibly waiting to see if we can secure European football before looking ahead and either re-signing players or allowing them to leave.

"That European money is crucial to a lot of clubs but where I'm playing next season is not in my thoughts. I've been out of the team for a while so I've got a big desire to put in strong performances.

"Glenavon had been on a great run so it was a massive result for us to beat them at Solitude and hopefully we can grab that European spot."

The new play-off system that could lead to the seventh-placed side battling on the continent isn't everyone's cup of tea but Flynn is a fan.

He added: "It's great because it generates more excitement at this stage. You don't want matches with nothing to play for and all the teams understood the step up from the outset."

Belfast Telegraph