- Friday January 14th, 2011 @ 21:27
RYAN GUY DEPARTS
St Patrick's Athletic are disappointed to announce the departure of long serving player Ryan Guy.
Ryan has informed the club that he wishes to return home to the United States for personal reasons.
Speaking to STPATSFC.COM Ryan spoke about his time at Richmond Park and his memories of being a Saint:
“Over the last four years I've had the pleasure of seeing St Patricks Athletic play Premiership sides, host European giants, slay Swedish powerhouses, and travel to the far reaches of the continent.
“I've seen tears of sorrow and joy on the faces of players and fans alike. There have been management changes and more than a few squad changes and I've even seen the odd prank done on members of staff (I won't mention any names, Jim Lawlor).
“But, as it does for most footballers, the time has come for me to say my goodbyes. In all honesty, this last four years at Richmond Park have been the best of my life.
“A return to good auld America is on the cards for me now, leaving one family to be closer to another.
“I am going miss Friday nights in Richmond, and the "stars and stripes"'song, and I'm even going to miss the sound of Pete Mahon's voice ringing in my ears.
“Inchicore will forever be in my blood though, it's where I was given my start and where I learned the difference between a true Irishman and a plastic paddy.”
Saints' boss Pete Mahon paid tribute to Ryan and told STPATSFC.COM that he had tried to persuade the American to change his mind:
“I have been speaking to Ryan about this since November and while I have tried my best I haven't been able to change his mind about leaving. While I deeply wanted Ryan to stay he has a family to think about and I understand that.
“There is no issue whatsover in relation to wages or Ryan being unhappy, he just wanted to be closer to his family and once his mind was made up what could I do?
“It's a blow to us so close to the new season as Ryan was a very important part of the first team squad. While the clock is against us we'll bring in a replacement and there won't be any panic.
“Ryan has had a great few years at the club and has in many ways become the face of St Patrick's Athletic.
“He was very well thoughts of by the fans, his fellow players and all the staff and we wish him all the best in the future."
The St Patrick's Athletic first team squad begin pre-season training tomorrow (Saturday) in Celbridge. Keep logged on to STPATSFC.COM for all the latest news and new signings.