Republic of Ireland international Jack Byrne has confirmed that he is leaving Shamrock Rovers with immediate effect.

Byrne, whose contract with the Premier Division champions expired at the end of last season, has been heavily linked with a move to Cyprus to link up with former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at APOEL Nicosia.

While Rovers had offered Byrne and new and improved contract to stay at Tallaght, the lure of testing himself outside of Ireland once again has won out.

Byrne has won the PFA Ireland Player of the Year accolade in each of his two seasons since arriving at Tallaght Stadium from Kilmarnock in 2018, with his performances earning him a first Ireland cap in a 3-1 win over Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium in September 2019. 

The 24-year-old confirmed his exit from Rovers in a post on instagram where he paid tribute to manager Stephen Bradley and his backroom staff.

"Today, with the heaviest of hearts, I would like to announce that I've decided to leave Shamrock Rovers and the people I've come to love and I do so with a huge lump in my throat.

"I'd like to thank Stephen Bradley, Stephen McPhail, Glen Cronin, Darren Dillon, Jose Ferrer, Tony Mac, the back room team, my team-mates - who are more like my brothers - the Rovers board, the best fans in Ireland and everyone at Shamrock Rovers for everything they've done for me over the last two years.

"I'd like to thank my mother and my family for guiding me so well and I will continue to work so hard to justify everyone's faith in me.

"I will make an announcement on my future in the coming days."