Portadown Football Club can confirm that Mark Russell has requested his release from the club in order to return home to his native Scotland and be closer to his family.

The 28 year old Scottish midfielder joined the club in the summer of 2022 following spells with Greenock Morton, Falkirk, Finn Harps and Galway United and went on to make 87 appearances in his 2 years at Shamrock Park, scoring 5 goals and of course picking up Championship and Mid Ulster Cup medals as well as being part of the Portadown side who lost the Bet McLean Cup Final to Linfield.

Mark asked for the following message to be passed on to supporters

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone associated with the club, it’s been a brilliant 2 years and I’m just glad that I got to play a part in getting Portadown back up to the Premiership.

This was a really hard decision but one I think is best for me at this time, I will see everyone soon.

While everyone at the club is saddened to see Mark go we respect as well as understand his decision to return home to Scotland and wish him every success for the future along with thanking him for his commitment and contribution to Portadown Football Club over the past 2 years.