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Irish Midfielder Leaves Club Nine Days After Signing One-Year Deal

Irish Midfielder Leaves Club Nine Days After Signing One-Year Deal
By Eoin Lyons Updated

Irish footballer Willo Flood has taken his the phrase 'brief stint' to extreme levels after leaving Dunfermline Athletic after just over one week at the club. The 33-year-old was allowed to terminate his contract with the Scottish Championship side in order to join Bali United in the Indonesian league.

The Scottish club released a statement announcing their decision to tear up the former Ireland underage player's contract:

Dunfermline Athletic regretfully wishes to announce that it has today agreed to allow Willo Flood to terminate his contract with our club, only a week after he agreed to join us.

Before joining our club, Willo had highlighted that it had always been his ambition to continue his playing career abroad, and had been seeking such a move over the last couple of seasons. However, no opportunity had arisen, until last weekend. He has now received an attractive offer from Bali United.

Flood thanked his brief employers for allowing him to move despite putting pen to paper just over a week ago:

I would like to thank Allan (Johnston, Dunfermline manager) and the club for their understanding in this matter, as I fully appreciate it leaves them in a very difficult and embarrassing position.

This opportunity is just too good for me and my family to turn down. I have only been in training for a week, but I have really enjoyed my short time at East End Park and genuinely wish the club every success this season.

Announcing Flood's premature departure, Johnston described the former Man City youth as a "great professional" and added Dunfermline had a "first option" to resign the player should he return to Scotland. Flood has spent the majority part of his career in Scotland, playing for Celtic, Dundee and Aberdeen over the past eleven years. He joins Bali United who currently in 10th position, 13 games into their Liga 1 campaign.

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