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07 Aug 2020
© PressEye Ross Lavery and Conor Quigley
Conor Quigley and Ross Lavery have parted company with Irish Cup finalists Ballymena United following the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Defender Quigley, 22, came to the club from Dundee two-and-a-half years ago but his time at The Showgrounds was blighted by injury while 24-year-old Lavery scored three goals from 22 midfield outings for the Sky Blues following his arrival from Cliftonville last summer.
Boss Jeffrey explained the reasoning behind both decisions.
"Conor was most unfortunate with an injury sustained during our preparations for Europe last summer. Having been very much part of the squad up until then, he went on to have a tough and challenging last season," he told the official club website.
"Thankfully he's now back in full training and will do a great job at his next club. He's a professional, and his integrity and character stands out.
"With Ross, I've reluctantly agreed to his request to be released. He had another year on his contract, and rather than transfer list him we felt it was only right that we did the honourable thing and mutually agree to let him leave. Ross talked about the travelling that he had to do from home, and he had a demanding job to commit to a three-hour round trip in reality for every training session.
"On saying that, he committed fully to that challenge in the last year - a fabulous young professional, and the integrity to train hard, but the travelling just became too much.
"We signed him as a versatile player with a good left foot, and whilst maybe he didn't get playing enough football this year we couldn't speak more highly of him, nor have asked more of him in training. It's because of his character and honesty that we've agreed to grant his request and free him up to join another club."