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United open to offers for Jonathan McMurray
Uploaded Sunday, 25th Nov, 2018 at 16:31

BALLYMENA United can announce that the club are open to receiving offers for Jonathan McMurray ahead of the January transfer window.
Manager David Jeffrey clarified the situation following talks with the striker this week, "It has always been the policy for Bryan and myself to keep our playing staff under constant review and when we think it is appropriate to offer contract extensions we will do just that - as this season already has seen with Cathair Friel, Leroy Millar, Ross Glendinning and Kofi Balmer. In keeping with this policy we spoke to Jonathan and he was very open and honest that at this time he didn't want to go into negotiations but would like to wait until January to review the full options available to him.
Over the past six months we have received a number of enquiries and verbal offers, however, at that point we weren't prepared to let him go, but having spoken to Jonathan we wish to be open and transparent with all concerned. There are constant rumours about where he may or may not being going, so we feel it is appropriate and in the best interests of the club and the player to say that he is available for transfer. This will remove any smoke and mirrors for clubs who are interested and allow for openness around their intentions.
Bryan and I identified his talent at Warrenpoint and brought him here to develop him further as a player, and it is still very much our hope that Jonathan feels his future will be here at the Showgrounds. That, however, is only a decision that he feels he can make when he knows what other options are available to him at this time and we respect his position."