Sunday 25 September 2016

Cox freed by Reading as Coventry release Hunt

Published 10/05/2016 | 02:30

Ireland striker Simon Cox is looking for a new club after Reading decided not to offer him a new contract. Photo: Getty
Ireland striker Simon Cox is looking for a new club after Reading decided not to offer him a new contract. Photo: Getty

Ireland striker Simon Cox is looking for a new club after Reading decided not to offer him a new contract.

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The 29-year-old failed to make an impact in his second spell with the Royals and has also dropped out of the international scene under Martin O'Neill. He is consistently named in enlarged provisional squads without making the final cut and has no chance of making the squad for this summer's European Championship finals.

Pierce Sweeney and Conor Shaughnessy have also been allowed to leave reading on free transfers but Dubliner Sean Long and Corkman Shane Griffin have been offered new deals.

Football League clubs not involved in the play-offs will announce the fate of their out-of-contract players across the week.

Former Ireland U-21s Aaron McCarey and Liam McAlinden have left Wolves, while veteran Stephen Hunt will not be staying on at Coventry.

Cox was selected to partner Robbie Keane for the Euro 2012 game with Spain and, while the younger man has since fallen by the wayside, Keane is ready to take his place in France this summer after his successful LA Galaxy comeback on Sunday.

The 35-year-old scored a brace against New England Revolution in his first outing since undergoing knee surgery.

He was taken off after an hour of his side's 4-2 win as part of a pre-arranged plan but he expects to feature in tomorrow's MLS encounter with Philadelphia Union. "I expect to be playing," said Keane, "I'm back."

Keane was replaced by the returning Steven Gerrard who added the fourth goal after a slight wobble from the hosts gave away a comfortable three-goal advantage.

Irish Independent

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