Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson urges Mark Clarke and Mark Miskimmin to find new clubs

Striker Mark Miskimmin
Striker Mark Miskimmin

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson has urged duo Mark Clarke and Mark Miskimmin to find new clubs for next season.

Midfielder Clarke and striker Miskimmin have been told their futures lie away from the Oval, despite both having one year remaining on their contracts.

“I have to make decisions based on football reasons, and that’s what I have done with the two players,” Patterson said.

“I have had to assess the performances of the whole squad over the past season.

“I feel that Mark Clarke’s disciplinary record was disappointing last season, which impacted on us when we had injuries building up.

“With Mark Miskimmin, I just felt it didn’t work out for him last season, and we didn’t get the return we hoped for.

“I can only be honest in my assessment and I have sat down with both players and explained my reasons.

“They weren’t happy, but as a manager I have to be honest and make these decisions.

“It is now up to the two players. They are free to speak to other clubs, and it would be in their best interests to try and secure a new club for next season.

“Alternatively, they can see out their contracts at Glentoran, but with their first-team options limited then it wouldn’t be beneficial to anyone involved.

“We did the same with Kevin Bradley and Jordan Hughes recently, and all credit to Kevin he has decided to find another club.

“We also released Aaron Boyd after his contract expired.”