Speculation mounts over Liam Boyce future after Cliftonville withdraw contract offer

Striker Liam Boyce
Striker Liam Boyce

Speculation continues to mount over the future of Liam Boyce after Cliftonville withdrew the offer of a new contract for the striker.

Reds boss Tommy Breslin confirmed on Thursday that the champions would now explore “other avenues” after failing to reach agreement with the 23-year-old.

Cliftonville had set a deadline for a resolution to contract talks with Boyce after tabling an improved offer on May 14.

The striker – who only last week returned from international duty in South America with Northern Ireland – continues to be on the radar of a number of clubs in England and Scotland.

Cliftonville have not ruled out Boyce returning to Solitude for next season, but confirmed the new contract had now been withdrawn.

In a statement issued by the North Belfast club on Thursday, manager Breslin said: “Following our offer to Liam Boyce on the 14th May, the club have had no reply, though an agreed deadline was set, we requested a further meeting this week and that offer to meet was refused, I have decided to withdraw our offer and tomorrow begin to explore other avenues to strength the squad.”

Cliftonville return to training on Saturday ahead of next month’s European fixtures.