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McEleney 'hurt and unhappy' at exit

FORMER Republic of Ireland U21 cap Shane McEleney says he's "hurt" after being told that he's no longer required at Derry City.

After the club failed to qualify for Europe next season, Derry boss Peter Hutton will be operating off a reduced budget with significant changes to the squad.

Experienced first-teamers Danny Ventre and Barry Molloy have already been let go while defender McEleney and striker Rory Patterson, both under contract, have been placed on the transfer list and told they can find new clubs, and McEleney's availability will interest Dundalk as their boss Stephen Kenny brought McEleney into the league while at Derry.

McEleney, capped once by the Republic's U21s in 2010, has never played for another club and he's unhappy to be told that he can move on.

"I'm really disappointed that it has come to this and to say that I'm hurt would be an understatement," says McEleney, who was axed from the squad last season by Roddy Collins but then reinstated by new boss Hutton.

"I want to stay and prove myself again. I want to battle for my place in the first team. I'm hurt and unhappy, but there's only one club I wish to represent and I would appeal to the management to give me another chance to prove that it would be wrong for me to move on."

Meanwhile, Limerick have moved to strengthen their squad for next season with the re-signing of defender Robbie Williams.