Lavery joins Linfield

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Former Everton U23s striker Shane Lavery has left the club to join Linfield.

The 21-year-old didn't ever make a first-team appearance for the Blues but was capped at senior level by Northern Ireland last year.

He spent the second half of this past season at Falkirk and has now penned a one-year contract with Linfield after his one-year deal at Everton expired.  

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 01/06/2019 at 02:45:49
No mention of any fee? I know we need to reduce numbers and wage bill, but why be so charitable? Assuming of course he has gone on a free.

As has been mooted many times, there are a lot more who need shipping out, rather than the youngsters.

Fran Mitchell
2 Posted 01/06/2019 at 03:23:30
I guess his contract had ran out Derek, good luck to the lad. Hopefully he can make career for himself and get back into the English football leagues (or Scottish).
Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 01/06/2019 at 03:51:10
Derek(#1); I think in cases like this the best that can be done is to take a share of any future transfer fee.
Steve Ferns
4 Posted 01/06/2019 at 09:10:01
Derek, how much do you think Linfield can afford? It’s £60,000 territory.
Hugh Jenkins
5 Posted 01/06/2019 at 10:36:22
If it was known he was available and no one from Leagues 1, 2 or 3 made a decent offer to him, then it seems Linfield will be the right level. In such circumstances, the "goodwill" factor may be enough - i.e at some future time if Linfield should produce a Coleman (or, swoons - Best) they may be inclined to offer EFC first option because we didn't ask for a fee for this young man.
Gordon Crawford
6 Posted 01/06/2019 at 14:49:49
Hate to see young lads leave and for free. But Linfield is a great club and the league is competitive. Hopefully he will win many trophies and get back to playing in England.

For all those table quiz people, Linfield have more trophies than any other team in world football.

Peter Gorman
7 Posted 01/06/2019 at 15:06:54
Good luck to him. The club releasing a kid who won't make it here so that he can go and play football back home is goodwill enough for me.
Derek Knox
8 Posted 01/06/2019 at 16:05:10
Steve, I appreciate that too, but also hope they have had the acumen to include any Clauses that may benefit us in the future ie, first option should he move on in the future, a percentage of any sale should he move to another club.

Of all the lads he is one I know very little about, hopefully someone can give us more information on his style, effectiveness etc.

Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 01/06/2019 at 16:17:50
Gordon(#6); Never knew how true it was but there used to be some trivia about the first English team to win a trophy in Europe and the answer was Everton who either beat Linfield for an Irish cup or won the Linfield Cup. Anyone know that story or if there is any truth in it?
David Greenwood
10 Posted 01/06/2019 at 16:52:21
I saw all of Shane’s appearances at Falkirk last season. Not that there were many.

He had a few sub appearances but didn’t really get much time to show what he could do.

This was for the worst Falkirk side in forty years that ended up relegated to the third tier of Scottish football and he couldn’t get a regular game.

He looked like a trier when he got a chance but those chances were few and far between.

Good luck to him at Linfield.

Gordon Crawford
11 Posted 01/06/2019 at 17:52:28
Alan something about that rings a bell, but I’m just not sure. I know they’ve played each other seven times in friendlies, but competitively I’m not sure.
Linfield and Everton used to have some sort of link too, but I’m not sure what it was exactly. My old man would have known though if he was alive.
Jack Convery
12 Posted 01/06/2019 at 18:49:35
Good luck to him.
Michael Kenrick
13 Posted 01/06/2019 at 19:00:13
Re the earlier comments about releasing the lad, asking for a fee, sell-on clauses, getting a share of any future transfer fee, etc...

His contract is up. Everton decided not to renew. Once they make that decision — and who in all seriousness can fault that decision based on what David Greenwood witnessed of him at Falkirk — all these other "options" simply do not and cannot apply.

Another one bites the dust.

Andy Crooks
14 Posted 01/06/2019 at 20:30:54
Steve@ 4, they will be paying nothing. He will win loads of medals and will play in Europe every season. He will be well paid but it's not Everton.
Kristian Boyce
15 Posted 01/06/2019 at 22:03:59
I think due to his age we will be entitled to a ‘development’ fee if he gets bought from Linfield in the next few years. He’s probably found his level at the moment, so it’s probably best for all parties him leaving.

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