Ardee man Ross Gaynor has left NIFL Premiership champions Linfield FC after his 18 month contract expired.
The versatile left sided player leaves the Blues after making 43 appearances for the club in all competitions since joining in January 2016. In that time, Gaynor scored 11 goals for David Healy’s men who last week completed a memorable 2016/17 treble of league, Irish Cup and County Antrim Shield.
Gaynor joins former Northern Ireland international Sammy Clingan and four other players who’s contracts are not being extended at the Windsor Park side. A further six players are leaving Linfield and manager David Healy said, “I would like to thank all the players for their contribution to Linfield Football Club and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them every success in their future careers.”
Gaynor, who has previously played for Millwall, Sutton United, Cobh Ramblers, Drogheda United, Dundalk, Sporting Fingal, Sligo Rovers and Cork City, made an immediate impact after signing for Linfield at the midway point of the 2015/16 season.
He scored seven goals in league and cup in the second half of that season, winning Linfield’s Player of the Month by the Linfield Supporters Trust back in March 2016 in the same month he was named Northern Ireland Football Writers‘ Association’s Player of the Month. En route to last year’s cup final defeat he scored a brace against Cliftonville.
Having swapped the Lee for the Lagan, Gaynor even played against his former club Cork City in last year’s UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. This season has been a frustrating one for the Ardonian as injury and non-selection has seen his game time limited. However, he did score three goals in 24 league appearances in the title winning campaign.