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Folan career on the brink as Bradford cut the cord

FORMER Ireland man Caleb Folan is still battling to save his career and find a club following his exit from League One side Bradford City.

The 31-year-old joined Bradford in October after spells in the USA and Malaysia, and he had hoped to use the move to Bradford to reignite his career.

But he made just six appearances for City, failed to score, and manager Phil Parkinson has allowed the player to leave.

"It saddens me to say that my time here has now expired and I will be moving on, the most important thing for me right now is playing football," said Folan.

"It saddens me that I have had no contact from the manager over the last month regarding my departure or anything else of that matter, not even a handshake as a man, so that bothers me."


Former Leeds United man Folan was at Hull City when he was handed his Ireland debut by Giovanni Trapattoni in 2008, appearing as a sub for Kevin Doyle in a World Cup qualifier.

He made seven appearances for Ireland between 2008-09 but his career failed to pick up after a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids in 2011 and he ended up in the Malaysian league before Bradford brought him back to England.

Elsewhere, Ireland U21 cap Seán McGinty is set to drop down a division by leaving Sheffield United for Mansfield Town.

The defender moved to Bramall Lane in the summer after he was released by Manchester United for disciplinary reasons but he has failed to impress with the Blades and now League Two side Mansfield want to take the defender on loan.

McGinty made his Ireland U21 debut against Holland last year and has been capped nine times at U21 level.