Airdrie player/assistant Callum Fordyce in shock exit as defender chooses to call time on Diamonds stint

Airdrieonians have announced the shock exit of player/assistant boss Callum Fordyce.

The defender, who is the cousin of Diamonds player/boss Rhys McCabe, has been an integral part of the Diamonds' success over the last few years but the 31-year-old has 'chosen to call time' on his five-year spell at the Monklands club.

'Dycey' helped the club win promotion from League One to the Championship in the 2022/23 campaign and also lifted the SPFL Trust Trophy with the club this season, defeating The New Saints 2-1 in the final at Falkirk Stadium. However, the former Livingston centre-back is moving to pastures new with the Diamonds announcing his surprising exit this evening.

In a statement, Fordyce said: "Over my five years at Airdrie I've made some great memories - winning promotion, lifting a trophy, reaching 200 appearances and being inducted into the Hall of Fame, which is a tremendous honour.

"I'd like to thank Stuart [Miller, the former directoir of football] and Paul [Hetherington, the chairman] for bringing me to the club and giving me the opportunity to achive all of that.

"I have played with some incredible team-mates and made some incredible friends, and I want to thank you, the supporters, for the way you accepted me into your club. I've greatly appreciated your support over the years, and hopefully I'm leaving with some good memories.

"Thank you to everyone connected with Airdrieonians for my time at the club. I wish you all the success in the future."

A club statement read: "Player/assistant-manager Callum Fordyce has chosen to call time on a successful five-year spell with Airdrieonians, and will move on this summer having left a huge mark during his time with the Diamonds.

Defender Callum Fordyce is about to return to the Championship with Airdrie, having dropped down to League One when he joined
Defender Callum Fordyce -Credit:SNS Group

"Initially signed in May 2019, Callum brought his considerable experience to the backline and made an immediate impression on the Diamonds support, winning the Player of the Year award in each of his first two seasons.

"Callum’s influence on the pitch was plain to see, and a spell as club captain followed before moving into the player/assistant-manager role in May 2022.

"Consistently solid at the back, Callum leaves us having been inducted into the Airdrieonians Hall of Fame in his final season at the club, and we thank him for his considerable contribution and wish him all the very best with his next move."

Frizzell and his Airdrie team-mates celebrate their 2-1 win over TNS at the Falkirk Stadium
Airdrie have already had a memorable season after lifting their first trophy for 16 years -Credit:SNS Group

His exit follows that of striker Calum Gallagher, who was also inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month. He is joining League One outfit Arbroath after falling out of favour at New Broomfield last season.

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