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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Byrne considers offers after Saints exit

Kurtis Byrne. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Kurtis Byrne. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Striker Kurtis Byrne, in demand from clubs in four countries, believes he's about to reach his peak following his surprise exit from St Patrick's Athletic.

Byrne (27) was the leading scorer for the Saints in their successful battle with relegation last season, but the former Dundalk man - and Pat's supporters - was surprised by the club's decision to release him at the end of the campaign. The imminent birth of his first child is the main item on the agenda for Byrne and partner Danielle at the moment but there is interest in acquiring his services for 2018.

A club from the second tier in the USA, Welsh side TNS, Sligo Rovers and Linfield have all made inquiries and as Byrne assesses his options, staying in Ireland the most likely outcome, he's determined to prove his worth.

"I am only 27 and there is a lot more to come from me," says Byrne.

"When I left Dundalk some people said that could be it for me, but at my last two clubs I finished as top goalscorer. I am as hungry as ever to do well and if I can stay injury-free, I know I can do well.

"This is a fresh challenge for me at a new club, wherever that is," added Byrne, previously with Dundalk and Bohs following a spell in Scotland.

"I'm still not sure what happened with St Pat's, there was no contact made at the end of the season and I never got a phone call," he added.

"I had calls from other clubs but not Pat's and it was strange to hear nothing, especially as I was top goalscorer.

"I enjoyed my time with Pat's and the fans were great with me, it wasn't the best season but we stayed up which was the main thing.

"I will see what's right for me now family-wise but once I am playing football, I am happy."

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