Plymouth Argyle attacking midfielder Graham Carey has left the club for a new challenge and joined Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia on a two-year contract, it has been confirmed on the CSKA club website.
The 30-year-old Irishman was out of contract at the Pilgrims, having scored 49 goals in 197 appearances since arriving at Home Park from Ross County in 2015, and was a mainstay of the side which reached the 2016 League Two play-off final and which won promotion to League One the following season.
So is the move to CSKA Sofia a good one for Carey? What do you make of it?
“This is a very strange one, but it is good to see English lower league players plying their trade in Europe.
“Carey could easily have signed for a top League One club or possibly a Championship side, but it is interesting to see him move to Bulgaria.
“They are amongst the best clubs in the league, finishing second last season. It is possible that Carey could help turn them into a title winning side and with that would come Champions League football – so it is an ambitious and exciting move from him.
“This is a strange one from the outside looking in.
“Whenever a domestic player from the lower leagues gets a move, eyebrows are raised.
“Carey is a good player though and they’ll offer him a decent level of football. He’s got goals, assists and endeavour in his play.
“It’s a good move all round, I think he’’’ do well there if he settles.”
“This is a big blow for Plymouth.
“Carey has been an important player for Argyle over the past few seasons and he could have thrived under new manager Ryan Lowe.
“The club will be very disappointed to lose a player of his quality on a free transfer and he could be a good signing for CSKA Sofia.”
“You can’t think of a word that is better suited to this transfer deal which has been confirmed.
“You don’t hear of many transfer deals from League Two making the headlines, but this one certainly will – and rightly so.
“Carey has been a fantastic servant to Plymouth in recent years, and it will be interesting to see if he can prove to be a success over in Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia.”