Joe Gorman has apologised for a controversial "orange men" social media post from 2014, which came back to haunt him last weekend as a move to Portadown fell through.

The former Galway United and Longford Town defender was announced by the Irish League side on Saturday as a new signing, however, the club subsequently stated that the move was not completed.

It is understood that irate fans caused the Shamrock Park side to distance themselves from Gorman following revelations of the player's social media post from 2014.

Gorman was suspended by his former club Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2014 after posting a message on his social media, where he said he would "love to open up" on "orange men". He was 19 at the time.

The player distanced himself from that regretful tweet and issued an apology on Thursday night, stating: "I would like to address an issue from my past. In 2014, at the age of 19, I posted a tweet that I sincerely regret.

"It was at a time in my life where my worldview was particularly narrow and I did not appreciate the gravity of my comment.

"I had not intended for it to be taken seriously but I now completely understand why many people did so and were naturally very upset by it.

"It was borne out of a combination of teenage bravado and a lack of understanding. I say this not as an excuse but merely by way of explanation.

"It was a grave error of judgment on my part and one I wish I could take back. I have grown up and appreciated that we all have different outlooks on life which must be respected.

"I apologise unreservedly for my tweet and I would like to continue to educate younger people as I did back in 2014 when I visited schools to speak of bigotry and the correct use of social media so that others can learn from my mistake."