McCann's contract cancelled

Last updated : 09 January 2006 By Chris C
Neil McCann is another departure at St. Mary's as George Burley goes about creating the 'lean and mean' squad he wants. Signed in August 2003 by Gordon Strachan, he enjoyed better form for Scotland than he did for Saints, having amassed 25 international appearances, scoring 3 goals.

For Saints he made a total of 24 starts, with 25 substitute appearances, scoring a solitary goal in the League Cup. His time at Saints was marked by injury, but when fit he was never a first choice apart from a brief resurgence this season when he kept Pole Kamil Kosowski out of the side.

A frustrating figure for Saints fans capable of moments of magic, as with last season's two assists against Arsenal, but lacking real pace and power to match his neat footwork.

The move stems from his frustration at not securing a starting berth at Saints and at 31 the situation is unlikely to improve at him. At this point it is not known if he has another club lined up, but as a Scottish international he would be sure to have offers available to him north of the border.

We wish him all the best for the future.