McEvoy relieved to complete Tottenham exit
Published 04/01/2016 | 02:30
Irish U21 international Kenny McEvoy has spoken of his relief after Tottenham Hotspur agreed to release him from his contract.
The Waterford-born midfielder has been on the fringes of the first team squad during his time with the Premier League club, particularly when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge, and his physical resemblance to Gareth Bale garnered a lot of attention. But he has made no progress towards the senior side under Mauricio Pochettino, even though he was offered a new 18-month deal last April.
McEvoy has spent this season on loan in League Two with Stevenage and then York whose manager Jackie McNamara hoped to sign him on a permanent basis.
McEvoy indicated in a statement on Twitter that he was desperate to be made a free agent.
"I can tell you now that after five years at Tottenham I am no longer a THFC player," he wrote, "In my own head I made the decision five months ago that I wanted to go elsewhere to start my career as first-team player, as I did not see it happening at Tottenham no matter how much effort I gave it.
"I can't thank my lawyer enough for helping me get out and Tottenham agreed a month ago to finally let me go.
"The decision was purely my own and, wherever I go next, I know that I will be happy playing as a first-team player, and I'll have the chance to prove people wrong that have ever doubted me.
Meanwhile, ex-Limerick striker Rory Gaffney also has a question mark over his future as he continues to be the form player in League Two.
His brace against Luton brought his tally for loan club Bristol Rovers to five goals in three games.
The Galwegian barely got a look in at Cambridge after he joined them last January and they had agreed a deal in principle to allow him join Rovers on a full-time basis. But they appear to have performed a U-turn with their recently appointed boss Shaun Derry hinting he was not ready to let 26-year-old go yet.