Raith cancels ex-Blackburn and Blackpool striker’s contract after signing backlash

Former Rovers and Blackpool striker David Goodwillie will not play for new club Raith Rovers despite signing two days ago.

Goodwillie signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Scottish side after joining from Clyde, but there was a backlash when he arrived.

The former Scotland international was found to be a rapist and ordered to pay damages in a civil case in 2017.

Since then he has spent five seasons with Clyde, scoring 92 goals in 140 appearances before making a controversial return to Stark’s Park.

The Scottish Championship club saw two board members resign after being outvoted over the decision to bring Goodwillie back, while famous fan Val McDermid publicly revoked his support for Rovers as a result.

Their women’s side officially cut ties with the men’s club following the striker’s signing, with McDermid offering him sponsorship to allow them to continue to develop.

A new statement from the Raith club confirmed that the player will no longer play for the team and that talks will be ongoing to terminate his contract: “I first want to apologize wholeheartedly to our fans, sponsors, players and the wider Raith Rovers community for the anguish and anger.” caused in recent days.

“We were wrong.

“In making our initial decision, we focused far too much on football matters and not enough on what this decision would mean for our club and the community as a whole.

“Over the past two days, we have listened carefully to the fans who have reached out to us and I am very grateful for their honesty. As Chairman, as a Board of Directors and as a management team, we have all learned a difficult but valuable lesson. .

“This very unfortunate episode is something we all regret bitterly and we are now fully committed to putting things right. I can therefore confirm that following a Raith Rovers board meeting the player will not be not selected by Raith Rovers and we will enter into discussions with the player regarding his contractual position.

“We share a desire to do what is best for our club and will do everything in our power to win back the trust of the Raith Rovers family.”

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