Plymouth Argyle have wished striker Kieran Agard a fond farewell following the expiration of the player’s contract with the club.
The forward joined the club last Summer, making his debut in September. His contract was on a six-month basis and has now expired.
Plymouth boss Steven Schumacher spoke of Agard’s exit, praising the former Everton youth player’s professionalism.
“Kieran is one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with as a player or as a coach,” said Schumacher, via the club’s official website.
“He trained every day, with a smile on his face and always supported his team mates even when he may have been frustrated with a lack of opportunities.
“I felt that the game time he might have got in the second half of this season may not have been enough for him at this stage in his career, and therefore we felt it was the best decision for him to go and find a club where he can play more football.
“I wish him all the best in the future.”
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Agard, 32, scored three goals in his 16 appearances with the club, including the winner in their final home game of 2021 against Charlton Athletic.
Plymouth are seventh in League One, competing for a play-off place going into the second half of the season.
Schumacher’s side have won their last two league games, against Cheltenham Town and Charlton.
Plymouth earned safe passage into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup following a 1-0 away win at Birmingham City last weekend. Their reward for this scalp is an away trip to Stamford Bridge where they will face Chelsea on February 5.
Their next league game comes away to Sheffield Wednesday on January 15.
Plymouth are losing a well liked player who has chipped in with a few goals this season, which will always be felt in the dressing room.
Agard now has the chance to find more consistent game time somewhere else, perhaps lower down in the division.
As a free agent, he can be registered any time. So, while Plymouth only have the last few weeks of January to sort out a replacement, Agard has more flexibility in regards to his next move.