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Gary McCabe has left Bray and could be set for a move north.

Gary McCabe has left Bray and could be set for a move north.

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Gary McCabe has left Bray and looks to be set for a move north.

Gary McCabe has left Bray and looks to be set for a move north.

©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

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Gary McCabe has left Bray and could be set for a move north.

Irish League clubs are said to be targeting the signing of a former Bray Wanderers captain, who left the club last week.

Gary McCabe negotiated his release with the relegation-threatened side, who have had sanctions imposed following financial difficulties this season.

McCabe cannot join another League of Ireland club with the mid-season transfer window shut and is interesting Irish League teams including Linfield, according to the Irish Mirror. The Blues were said to have missed out on signing the 30-year-old last summer after McCabe chose to stay with the Seagulls.

Linfield have already added former Glenavon wingers Joel Cooper and Daniel Kearns to their panel this summer along with Warrenpoint star Lorcan Forde. Along with Kirk Millar and Jordan Stewart, those recruits mean the Blues already have a wealth of options in the wide areas but could be tempted to seize their opportunity to bring in a long-term target.

 

Bray's players went on strike in mid-July after failing to receive wages since May 25th. The FAI then banned the club from registering any new players for the remainder of the season and removed Bray from the 2018-19 Irn-Bru Scottish Challenge Cup. The players' strike was ended after a week as they received the wages they were owed.

McCabe had scored four Airtricity League goals this season, having netted 15 in 2017 after returning to his former club from Shamrock Rovers.

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He was sent off in his final appearance for the club, a league defeat away to St Patrick's Athletic. Should be reject interest from the Irish league, his three-game suspension would carry over to next season's LoI.

"Gary's no longer with the club," confirmed Gary Cronin, who was announced as Bray's new boss last Tuesday. "I didn't even get to meet Gary but I think there was a mutual agreement made between himself and the chairman and both parties were happy with that. I knew Gary well when he first came on the scene over 12 years ago for Bray Wanderers. I played with him, I was left-back and he was ahead of me. I've loads of time for Gary but we move on."


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