Mikey Drennan has left St Patrick's Athletic after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent today as the Saints started pre-season.

The striker made a bright start to his Pat’s career but endured a disappointing run in front of goal for most of the year.

He has left the club today just a year from joining from Sligo Rovers on a two-year contract.

Meanwhile Sligo have been dealt a blow with the news Romeo Parkes will not be returning for the 2020 season.

The Bit O’ Red say the player has to stay in the US for personal reasons but they retain an option for him to re-join in the future.

Manager Liam Buckley said: "This decision relates to an important aspect of Romeo's life, his long-term future,and while he is under contract, we have to look at it from a human level.

"He was looking forward to building on his fine first season and we’ve been in contact throughout the off-season in relation to this matter. We had hoped it wouldn’t come to this. Unfortunately it has.

"We hope to see him back in Sligo one day and we wish him well. Now our focus turns to a replacement.

"The staff and I have already been pursuing that. A new striker will not arrive immediately but we hope to line something up later in the month. When we can, we’ll speak about that further."