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Football: Arkins saga worries Ron.

Byline: ORLA BANNON

RONNIE McFall has admitted the ongoing saga over want-away Dubliners Vinny Arkins and Dean Fitzgerald has left a bad taste in his mouth.

Fitzgerald informed the Ports boss on Thursday night that he wants his contract terminated in order to follow Arkins out the exit door and head down to the cash-rich eircom League.

McFall is so far refusing to release either player - but hinted anything is possible as the eircom League doesn't begin until March.

"Fitzgerald's contract is up at the end of the season and he wants it terminated so we as a club are not happy at all," he said.

"Players ultimately look after themselves and you can't blame them for that and there is a lot of money to be made down there.

"But the whole thing leaves a bad taste in the mouth, especially as we paid for an operation for him at the start of this season and looked after him."

Arkins has 18 months remaining on his contract and Bohemians and Drogheda are the latest to make enquiries about him.

McFall doesn't want to lose either player but accepts that the last thing he needs is bad feeling in the dressing-room.

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WANTAWAY: Arkins and Fitzgerald
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2004
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