Braniff eyes up new career in Australia

Kevin Braniff. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Kevin Braniff. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

The future of Portadown’s jettisoned talisman Kevin Braniff could be finalised in the coming days.

Despite attracting interest from clubs in the Irish Premiership and Airtricity League, Braniff looks set for a new career in Australia.

Portadown have revealed that the 30-year-old had informed the club of his intentions to relocate Down Under.

In a brief statement posted on their official website, the Shamrock Park club said: “Transfer-listed Portadown striker, Kevin Braniff, has informed the club that he intends to relocate to Australia in February.

“Contractual issues between Kevin and Portadown FC are still in the process of being resolved and an update will be given once finalised.”

It is hoped ‘those contractual issues’ can be sorted by the end of this week.

Braniff – who has two-and-a-half years left on his contract at Portadown – was placed on the transfer list back in November following a public fall-out with manager Ronnie McFall.

The former captain claimed he had been singled out for the club’s poor run of form at that time, while McFall accused the player of being “disruptive”.

Linfield, Cliftonville and Glentoran have all expressed an interest in the Ports talisman, regarded as the most gifted footballer in the Irish League.

Sligo Rovers from the Airtricity League were also monitoring the player’s situation at Shamrock Park.