Republic of Ireland midfielder agrees Greek move

Updated: August 13, 2012

Liam Lawrence has turned his back on English football after agreeing to join Greek side PAOK Salonika.

The Irish International finally ended his stay with Portsmouth after agreeing the terms of his release with the financially stricken league one outfit.

While his departure helped the 2008 FA Cup winners stay afloat it has reportedly left Lawrence out of pocket to the tune of a £1,000,000.

The 30 year old told the Irish Herald that’s the club’s desire to strike off their wage bill have left him out of pocket “I’m effectively more than £1m out of pocket over the course of the next two years,” he said.

“I’ve bent over backwards from January when it all went belly up and I’ve done everything I can. If I’d stayed and we’d have eventually got out of the league, it would have been fine. But it’s not there now so it’s not worth talking about. It’s gone.

“I love it down here and I’ve had a great relationship with the fans and the manager. But I still think it’s 50-50 whether the club will survive.

Lawrence, capped 15 times by Ireland, has joined the Greek super league side on a two year deal and swaps life in English football’s third division for Europa league football.

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