Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley did not mince his words on departing striker Dan Carr, who joined Cypriot side Apollon Limassol today.

Carr's departure came suddenly and brought an end to his 18-month stay at Tallaght Stadium.

Apollon made the approach for Carr in the wake of their Europa League qualifying victory over Rovers, in which the 25-year-old striker impressed.

However speaking in the wake of his side’s 5-1 Premier Division victory away to Waterford, Bradley hinted at Carr forcing the move and claimed that the player’s heart was no longer at the club.

"He just didn’t fit where we were going as a club," the Rovers manager said. "When representatives tell you that maybe his heart is not in playing for Shamrock Rovers, he’s not the right fit for you.

"People maybe think we needed to sell but we didn’t like what we heard, this club and this team and what we’re doing and what we’re building is bigger than any individual.

"If people don’t want to be part of it, no problem, we’ll shake their hand and let them walk away. That was the case with Dan.

"You don’t want people who are in the mindset of not being with the team and not being in the group.

"This club is a special club and it’s bigger than any one individual and unfortunately, that individual just felt he was a little bit bigger than us."

On the field, Rovers reduced the gap at the top of the Premier Division to four points as strolled to a  5-1 victory against Waterford.

Braces from Jack Byrne and Aaron Greene and a late Thomas Oluwa goal secured the three points, and rounded off a fine four days for the Hoops, who won 2-0 against Derry City at the Brandywell on Friday.

Bradley was pleased with what his saw at the RSC and said: "I thought we played well, we controlled the game and obviously scored the five goals so I’m happy.

"We got to come and focus on our game-plan regardless of who we’re playing, whether it’s Derry away or Waterford away, it doesn’t matter.

"We’ve got to focus on what we do really and make sure we hit our levels and we did that Friday and we did that again tonight. Our aim was six points and we’ve done that."

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