Portadown can confirm the departure of American goalkeeper Bobby Edwards as he returns back to the states after accepting an offer to play in the MLS.

Portadown manager Matthew Tipton made a statement about the departure:

Bobby has received an offer to go & play in the MLS & after chatting with him over the last 24 hours I’ve told him to take up the offer as it’s an excellent opportunity for him to progress his career.  Obviously we would have loved him to stay for the rest of the season & Bobby wanted that more than anything but the American system for transfers is completely different from the way we are used to it here & the rest of Europe. 

It goes without saying that I & rest of staff & players wish Bobby all the best in the future & one day hope to see him representing USA at national level.