Darren Murray saga set to rumble on – but Ronnie McFall’s message remains resolute

Striker Darren Murray
Striker Darren Murray

While the furore surrounding Darren Murray’s transfer request may rumble on throughout the summer, Portadown manager Ronnie McFall’s message remains resolute – the player is not for sale.

Wantaway Murray joined up with his team-mates on Saturday as the Ports began their pre-season training.

It followed the player’s emailed transfer request to McFall and club chairman Roy McMahon last Tuesday night.

Then on Friday Murray voiced his desire to join Cliftonville in a newspaper interview.

McFall held talks with the 23-year-old on Saturday, and insists the former Donegal Celtic striker is “going nowhere”.

McFall added: “Darren was at training on Saturday as expected.

“We chatted and he reiterated his desire to leave Portadown this summer. He repeated what he sent to us in his email last week.

“But our message remains the same. Darren Murray is not for sale. Nothing has changed since last week as far as we are concerned.”

In a newspaper interview last week Murray spoke of his affinity for Cliftonville.

It has been reported that the North Belfast Reds – who are seeking attacking cover following the departure of Joe Gormley – have tabled a bid for Murray, but McFall has played down the speculation.

“I certainly haven’t received any offer – unless it was sent to our chairman,” he added.

“I also see reports of an offer of money plus player swap, but we are not interested in any of it.

“I am sure this will rumble on during the summer, but our stance has not changed.”