Cambridge United can today confirm that the Football Club has terminated the contract of midfielder Gary Deegan by mutual consent, with the midfielder making the decision to return home with his young family to Ireland.
Deegan joined the Club in summer of 2017 and has featured 89 times for the U's, with his full-blooded and committed playing style earning him the United Club captaincy, as well as plenty of supporters amongst the Amber Army during his two and a half year period at the Abbey,.
However, having not featured this season, Gary recently made clear his desire to return to Ireland with his family. The Football Club have subsequently reached a mutual agreement to conclude his current deal early, which was previously up at the end of the 2019/20 season.
On his departure from the Abbey, the midfielder commented: "I would like to thank everybody at Cambridge united Football Club, where I've meet some really honest, hardworking people who want to see the Club succeed on all levels.
"I've really enjoyed my time at Cambridge United and to walk out on a Saturday leading the lads was a great privilege. To all the supporters, I would like to say a genuine thank you, as I felt like you really embraced what I'm all about. Good luck for the second half of the season."
Head of Football Ben Strang added: "Gary has served the club well during his time with us and has always been an excellent professional. In the close season we felt that Gary could play an important role for us this season and it has been frustrating for all parties that he hasn’t been able to contribute. Everybody at Cambridge United would like to thank Gary for his hard work and efforts over the past two years. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future and they will always be very welcome back at the Abbey.”