Striker Andy Smith first to depart Ballymena United

Andy Smith
Andy Smith scored 11 goals in 60 games for Ballymena

Andy Smith has left Ballymena United after being released from his contract by mutual consent.

The 30-year-old former Northern Ireland striker, who hopes to join a club in Vietnam, will be followed out of the Showgrounds by Eamonn Murray.

The winger is emigrating to Australia for a year and he may be joined Down Under by defender Lee Colligan.

Defender Albert Watson is a Linfield target and Michael Smith is interesting a number of cross-channel clubs.

"Andy Smith has left the club and is hoping to get fixed up with a club in Vietnam," Sky Blues boss Roy Walker told the News Letter.

"Eamonn has definitely booked a flight to Australia and Lee might be going to.

"You have to roll with the punches in these situations and we have been very active behind the scenes in terms of recruiting new players."

Smith, who played for Preston North End after a spell with Glentoran, moved to Ballymena from Portadown in 2009.