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Greene exits Rovers as Croly cull begins

TREVOR CROLY has started his cull at Shamrock Rovers after telling a number of last season's squad that they were not wanted for next season.

And former U21 cap Aaron Greene is one of the first to leave the Hoops after Croly informed him he would not be offered a new contract as he joins Daryl Kavanagh, now at Cork City, in exiting Tallaght Stadium. Killian Brennan and Ken Oman could also be on their way out as Croly aims to build a new-look side for 2013.

Greene, 22, is now assessing his options and while St Patrick's Athletic and Drogheda United have already been linked with the forward, a move to England could be on the cards as a League One club and another outfit in League Two have expressed an interest.

"It's disappointing to leave Rovers as I'm a Tallaght lad and I really wanted to do well there but it wasn't to be and I am looking for a new club," says Greene, who had spells with Galway United, Bohemians and Sligo Rovers.

"Trevor contacted me to say that I wasn't in his plans for next season and he was very fair about it, all I can do is wish Rovers luck and hope that they do well.

"I will see what comes up this week and decide what my next move is but I'd like to play abroad if the offer was right and if it suited my family."

Greene got his League of Ireland debut with Galway United in 2009 and impressed while at Bohs in 2010, but a move to Sligo for the 2011 season saw the former St Francis man blossom with form that saw him promoted to the Irish U21 team, winning three caps.

But a move to Rovers at the start of the 2012 season was a disappointment and he started just six games last season.

Rovers have so far made only two confirmed signings, with ex-Hoops Jason McGuinness (Sligo Rovers) and James Chambers (St Pats) returning to the club, but a deal for Sligo striker Mark Quigley will be completed when he passes a medical.

Rovers are also in the market for St Pats duo John Russell and Greg Bolger while the impressive UCD man Paul O'Conor is also on the Rovers radar, though a number of cross-channel clubs are also keeping tabs on O'Conor.