Central defender Pat Scully has become the fifth out-of-contract player to be released by Drogheda United in the close season, as manager Paul Doolin continues to make wholesale changes at the Co Louth club that avoided the promotion/relegation play-offs last year by just one point.
33-year-old Scully signed for the Drogs last May, having been released by Shamrock Rovers, but failed to hold down a regular place in their 2003 line-up due to a recurring knee injury and suspensions.
When previous boss Harry McCue was ousted in September, both Scully and fellow defender Aidan Lynch were put in charge of the squad for a short period of time, and it is thought a move into coaching is not too far away for the Dubliner.
Scully is the latest of seven United players to have left the club, following striker Ciaran Quinn’s sale to Dundalk two weeks ago, and midfielder Don Tierney’s move to First Division champions Dublin City in the first week of January.
The veteran joins a number of old hands on the League’s transfer list with former Shelbourne colleagues James Gannon and Stephen Geoghegan still searching for employment for next season.
Geoghegan and former Shamrock Rovers defender Stephen McGuinness, 30, have been linked with possible moves to manager-less Waterford United.