Cork City captain Greg O’Halloran has quit the club after negotiations over a new contract broke down, with the player describing the offer as “laughable”.
According to the Evening Echo, O’Halloran claimed he was offered an “80 per cent wage reduction”, adding, “in a recession like this, that was just not feasible for me”.
O’Halloran captained the Leesiders to become the First Division champions, gaining automatic promotion to the Premier Division, but is now describing the club’s contract offer in stark terms.
“To be honest, the terms were laughable, and for a player who played over 60 games for the club, it’s a big disappointment”, the 31 year-old stated.
“It’s a disgrace what I was offered having captained the team to promotion, but I know from experience that you never know what’s around the corner in this game.”
He continued, “I wish the club the best of luck for the season ahead, but they will be doing it without me”.
A native of the Rebel County, this incident marks the end O’Halloran’s second stint with Cork City, having won a league title with the Leesiders back in 2005 and taking on the role of assistant manager in 2010 during his second spell with the club, before going back to focusing on playing by the end of the season.