Defenders Sean McEvoy and Ryan O'Reilly will unfortunately not be plying their trade at Ferney Park next season as they move onto pastures new, in news that is sure to disappoint Mallard supporters.
Teenage star McEvoy will join League of Ireland Division One side Bray Wanderers whilst O'Reilly will link up with Danske Bank Premiership side Cliftonville.
Whilst saddened to lose his talents, manager Harry McConkey paid tribute to both players; "I spent the morning with the McEvoy family in Virginia as I wanted to pass on my thanks for their contribution to the Club both on and off the field. Not only have we seen Sean develop into a quality young footballer but we've also enjoyed the company of Padraig and Laura at our events, training nights and match days."
He continued, "Sean has decided to move to Bray as it will be easier for him to also continue with his studies and I know this is not a decision that he and family has taken lightly. We look forward to watching his career blossom at both a local and International level and the McEvoy's will always be welcome back at Ferney Park."
Having been approached last season by Cliftonville and turned down their advances to try and help the Mallards claim promotion, O'Reilly will now move to Solitude and follow in the steps of Chris Curran, Ryan Curran and Richard Brush. The Cavan native joined us in January 2018 and made narrowly over 70 appearances.
Commenting on his departure, O'Reilly had the following to say; "I want to thank all at BUFC for making my time at the Club so enjoyable. I was gutted at the way our season ended and that we weren't given the opportunity to finish the job but I've no doubt you will return to the Premiership in the very near future. I wish you every success and hope to see you all again soon".
Despite the completion of the Irish Cup, Irish Youth Cup, Intermediate Cup and Junior Cups, the decision not to afford his side a playoff has been very damaging to the Club believes McConkey. "I feel the departure of these two players has only been hastened by the horrible Covid-19 Pandemic and our aborted footballing season. The decision not to hold a playoff match has been difficult to take and whilst we always knew it would be tricky to hold onto these two wonderful prospects, the current situation has not helped."
"Both players have been fantastic for BUFC over the past 2 years and whilst they have been so valuable to us, we have also been good to them. Naturally we do not want to lose players of this calibre but we wish them all the best for the future as they look to further their careers".