Institute's Sean Connor puts Niall Grace on the transfer list

Institute manager Sean Connor has placed midfielder Niall Grace on the transfer list.

Saturday, 4th January 2020, 7:56 pm
Institute's Niall Grace has been placed on the transfer list.

Grace, looks to have played his last game for the club after Connor confirmed he substituted him early in the first half to ensure he didn't get sent-off, after the ex-Glenavon man had received a yellow card after clashing with Seanan Clucas.

"Niall Grace has played his last game for Institute, that's 100 per cent," he insisted.

"He'll be going on the transfer list on Monday morning."

Connor, who kept his players locked up in the dressing room for 30 minutes after the game, was furious by his side's poor showing and admitted he told the players that he wasn't happy.

“I have just had the players in there for 30 minutes after the game,” he fumed after their Sadlers Peaky Blinder Irish Cup exit to Dungannon Swifts.

“I think this group of players think if you aren’t coming in shouting and screaming at half-time and after a match, then you aren’t scalding them, well I have just hit them with a few home truths.

“I didn’t have to raise my voice I told them exactly what they have done and where we are going.

“I told them when I came to the club that I'd put in some structure and substance and we were working really, really hard and getting really good results, but the more results they got the more the players started to smell themselves and think they were better than what they are and today is a combination of four weeks of that.

"We were very, very lucky to be in the game at half-time, thanks to Paul Wells and Oran Brogan, so thanks to a 17-year-old and my keeper we were still in the tie at half-time. I didn't think we could play as badly in the second half and I didn't think we did but again that old thing of the basic mistakes are just killing us.

"We gifted them their second goal and then did we give them their last goal?, I don't know."