GARETH MAHER - Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Ryan Guy has admitted that his future may lie elsewhere away from St. Patrick's Athletic after confirming that he is on the look-out for a new club.
The San Diego native has established himself as a fan's favorite during his three years with St. Pat's, but he is now ready to take on a new challenge.
Even though Guy is still contracted to the Inchicore club, he has been given permission by manager Pete Mahon to speak to other clubs as interest heats up for the 24-year-old.
A move to a Coca-Cola League One club in England collapsed last week due to work permit complications, but he could yet seal a move away from Richmond Park with clubs in Sweden, Denmark and Germany all closely monitoring his situation.
While Guy insists that he is settled in Dublin with his wife and young son, he understands the need of the Dublin club to lighten their wage bill and testing himself in a different league is also appealing.
"I've loved my time with St Pat's. Everyone has been great since I arrived and now consider it to be my club, although I know what type of situation they are in," Guy told YA.
"If I can help the club by taking some pressure off the wage bill then great. Unfortunately I am already under contract so I'm on more money than they are offering new players.
"So the club have allowed me to speak to other clubs. I was in talks with a League One club last week and everything was looking good but for the work permit issue.
"In order to get that permit sorted, I would have to stay in Ireland for another year and a half or become a full U.S. international. But there are other options in other leagues. It is just a case of watching, waiting and listening."
Despite all of the signs indicating that he is on his way out of the league, Guy reckons there is still a chance that he could be playing for the Super Saints next season.
The lightening quick attacker was a key player in the club's Europa League run last term and it would be a huge boost if the club were able to hang onto him.
"If something doesn't work out this month, then I would be happy to stay with St Pat's. It is not as if I am itching to get away from the place," he explained.
"I've spoken to Pete [Mahon] a few times and I would love to work with him again as I really enjoyed when both he and John Gill came in towards the end of last year.
"But I was to stick around then it would mean taking a pay cut, which nobody wants to do, but we'll see what happens over the next few weeks."