SEANAN Clucas’ five month Derry City career came to an abrupt end this week and the midfielder claims he’s ‘disappointed’ he didn’t get the chance to stay and fight for his place until the end of the current campaign.
The former Linfield midfielder’s short term deal concluded on July 1st and Derry City boss, Peter Hutton revealed the club refused to extend that contract due to disciplinary issues with the player.
Hutton claimed Clucas wasn’t ‘applying himself in the right way off the field’ and as the player already had intentions to travel to Australia, it was best for both parties to cut ties this week.
“He’s going to Australia in August so it was better to release him now so we can try and get someone in to replace him in this next couple of weeks,” said Hutton.
“That’s one of the reasons we brought young Rob Cornwall in too because he can play in midfield as well as across the back four.
“Seanan came in and started off well and it looked like we had a good player,” added the Derry boss. “I then had issues with his discipline off the field. He wasn’t applying himself in the right way off the field and I had issues with that.
Seanan came in and started off well and it looked like we had a good player. I then had issues with his discipline off the field. He wasn’t applying himself in the right way off the field and I had issues with that.Peter Hutton
“So I thought now was the right time to cut ties if he was going anyway. I have to focus on the players that are here and those who are committed to turning the season around.”
The ex-Bristol Rovers midfielder claims the club were keen on keeping him at the club beyond his contract but he wasn’t happy to play a bit-part role and claimed he felt pigeon-holed as a defensive midfielder.
“It’s been a bit up and down,” he said of his short City career. “Peter (Hutton) thought my position was a holding midfielder and that I could only be used in certain games which I didn’t agree with. I think I can bomb forward and score goals.
“So I wasn’t happy being used in certain games he was setting up defensively.
“I wanted to play week in week out. That swayed my decision (to leave) a bit as well.
“My contract was running up so I went in and said to Peter there was three or four weeks left in my contract and that I had opportunities in Australia.
“They told me they would offer me a contract extension and they were happy enough but it wasn’t put down on paper.
“It went to the point when the contract ran out on July 1st. So that made my mind up. I wanted to stay until the end of the season and then go to Australia.
“I’m not one of those players happy to be used just in certain games. I want to play every week.
“Don’t get me wrong it was a very good experience and it’s a great club.
“Obviously the players that have come through Derry and went on to bigger and better things has been amazing.
“I saw it as a stepping stone to get back across to England. Don’t get me wrong I’ve no regrets and I had a great time and there’s a great bunch of lads at the club. And fingers crossed, hopefully they turn the season around now.”
As for Clucas, who made 15 appearances for City, he plans on setting up in Australia where he has already secured a trial with A-League club, Newcastle Jets in New South Wales.
“I’ve trials out there for teams in the A League already and I’ve got family out there so it’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while.
“I fly to Adelaide first and I have trials for Adelaide and then move on to the Newcastle Jets so I’ll see how it goes.”