Portadown fans have welcomed the club scrapping the signing of defender Joe Gorman following a supporter backlash after the deal was announced.
The club posted on Twitter yesterday: “Important announcement: Update on Joe Gorman signing. After further discussions, this deal has not been concluded. We wish Joe all the best for his future career.”
On Saturday, the mid-Ulster club posted a photo of the Dubliner, adding: “Portadown Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of 27-year-old Irish defender Joe Gorman, who was most recently with Galway United.”
That announcement sparked strong opposition on social media and the club have acted after fans voiced their criticism over a controversial historical tweet from the player when he was 19-years-old and at the Scottish club Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
After a TV show by Ross Kemp from Belfast in 2014, a tweet posted on Gorman’s Twitter account read: “Ross Kemp in Belfast talking about the Troubles. Wouldn’t you just love to open up on all them Orangemen.”
The former Cliftonville, Airdrie, Bray Wanderers, Longford Town and Drogheda United player was suspended by Inverness after that tweet appeared.
One person said: “I for one will not be going to support any team this individual is playing in.”
Shamrock Park officials have declined to comment on the matter but it’s understood the club made their decision following the negative fans’ reaction and talks with the player.
One observer said: “Well done Portadown for showing you have a have few decent principles and a bit of backbone.”
Manager Matthew Tipton had previously said: “We’ve signed three players this week.
“Joe Gorman should be announced today, with another deal agreed but not yet fully signed off and I’m working on a striker as well. Whatever happens elsewhere, I’ll still be bringing bodies in.”
Striker Lee Bonis, who moved from Portadown to Larne in a deal worth around £100,000, came on after 65 minutes and helped his new side beat Linfield 1-0 to win the Co Antrim Shield.