Midfielder is sad to leave Burgh
JOHNSTONE Burgh star Chris Loughlin has left the club after two seasons due to work commitments.
The midfielder who works for insurance firm Cigna is moving to Dubai for one year along with fiancee Nicola Brown.
However, the 28-year-old who has signed with amateur side SAFA FC in the Middle East has insisted he would love a return to Keanie Park in 12 months time.
He told Gazette Sport: "I am sad to be leaving the club after just two years at Keanie Park.
"In terms of success, we may not have won anything since I was there, but that didn't stop me having a great time.
"My first season there was great, I felt I made a good impact, however it was tough to be relegated.
"Last season was tough for us as we felt we should have gone up, but I am confident that will come next season.
"What people don't realise is the club is a great set-up despite the lack of success over the past two years.
"The management are great and there is a great squad there too. The fans as well are vital as they do so much for the club.
"As soon as I signed the deal at work to move away, I found a team out there to play with so that will keep me fit.
"I should be back in 12 months and if I am, I would love to return to the club.
"I have had a great two years there and hopefully there will be a few more to come in the future."
Assistant manager Eddie McKim laid praise to the number seven and insisted he would leave the door open for Loughlin should he wish a return to Keanie Park.
He added: "It is a massive blow to loose a star player like Chris, but I wish him nothing but the best.
"He has been great since he got here two years ago.
"The boy has great ability, a great attitude and is fantastic to have around the club - he will be missed.
"We have spoke and there is no doubt should he want to return after 12 months, the door will be wide open for him."