Portadown fans have welcomed the club canceling the signing of defender Joe Gorman following a backlash from supporters after the deal was announced.
The club posted on Twitter yesterday: “Important Announcement: Joe Gorman Signing Update. After further discussions, this agreement was not concluded. We wish Joe all the best for his future career.
Midfielder Ulster posted a photo of the Dubliner on Saturday, adding: “Portadown Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of 27-year-old Irish defender Joe Gorman, who was most recently with Galway United.”
The announcement sparked strong opposition on social media and the club acted after fans voiced their criticism over a controversial historic tweet from the player when he was 19 and at Scottish club Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
After a TV show by Ross Kemp from Belfast in 2014, a tweet posted on Gorman’s Twitter account read: “Ross Kemp in Belfast talks about the unrest. Wouldn’t you like to just open up to all these Orangemen? ”
The former Cliftonville, Airdrie, Bray Wanderers, Longford Town and Drogheda United player has been suspended by Inverness after the tweet appeared.
One person said: “I, for one, will not be supporting any team that this person is playing for.”
Shamrock Park officials declined to comment on the matter, but it is understood the club made their decision following backlash from fans and discussions with the player.
One observer said: “Well done Portadown for showing you have some decent principles and a little backbone.”
Manager Matthew Tipton previously said: “We signed three players this week.
“Joe Gorman is expected to be announced today, with another deal made but not fully signed yet and I’m working on a striker as well. Whatever happens elsewhere, I will always bring bodies.
Forward Lee Bonis, who moved from Portadown to Larne on a contract worth around £ 100,000, came on after 65 minutes and helped his new side beat Linfield 1-0 to win the Co Antrim Shield.