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Uploaded Saturday, 27th Apr, 2019 at 11:00

BALLYMENA United can confirm that Jonathan McMurray will leave the club at the end of the season.
The forward, who will make his 98th and final appearance today, scored 32 goals since joining from Cliftonville in 2016.
Manager David Jeffrey has confirmed that McMurray has accepted an offer of full time football elsewhere next season, "Bryan and I have known for some time that Jonathan would be moving on, he was offered full time football, and unfortunately it is not an opportunity that we can offer here at Ballymena United at this time. However, testament to Jonathan, he was determined to remain fully committed not just to ourselves, but to Ballymena United and the supporters as a whole. He wanted to give of his best this season and I don't think anyone can doubt that.
When Jonathan first came to our attention he was on loan at Warrenpoint from Cliftonville. We made it our mission to get him here as he was an incredible talent, and would try some of the most audacious things. Even though the last couple of seasons have been stop start due to injuries, his contribution particularly in his first year to our qualification for Europe, and then this year whilst not as prolific as year one, we saw his winning goal against Glenavon, his last minute goal on Boxing Day for the draw and no one can deny the unbelievable performance last Tuesday evening."
McMurray opened up about his decision to go to full time football, "it's something I've been looking to do my entire life. Obviously at times I had hoped it would be in England or Scotland but that wasn't to be and it's come up here. It's a new challenge and with studying and work it just became the right opportunity at the right time.
There were a few clubs interested from here and down south, and alongside having the opportunity to stay at Ballymena United I had a lot of options, but with full time football on the table I felt it was the right thing to do at this time."
McMurray was extremely positive about his time and achievements at the Showgrounds, "There's quite a few memories here! I remember countless goals, particularly in my first year; getting into Europe the first time with that night and Kevin scoring the winner, then getting to play away in Europe was something I had never done before. Coming here in the first place was quite a memory in itself, David more or less took me in as a son here and he always looked after me and had my best interests in his heart. His man management for me personally was brilliant and it'll be something that I will miss.
It's difficult to be in a situation with a club that I genuinely really like being at and having to say goodbye. I want to say thanks to everyone for your continued support over the years, even though the frustration of injury, but I felt everyone seemed to take a liking to me from the start and I have to say it's been one of the best times I've had in football."
The Boss had the final say, "it is unusual to announce a player leaving before the final game of the season, but for Jonathan's effort and achievements we want the supporters to know that when he leaves the pitch today it is an opportunity to say thank you and goodbye.
We wish him all the very best for the future and I hope that the dream of full time football gives him all the happiness and joy he deserves."
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