Former Morecambe captain Anthony O’Connor has become the club’s third departure during this month’s transfer window..
The central defender’s contract with the Shrimps was mutually terminated, allowing the 30-year-old to complete a move to Harrogate Town.
The Irishman joins Ousmane Fane and Dylan Connolly in leaving the Mazuma Stadium in the last week as manager Derek Adams restructures his squad.
O’Connor was in the final six months of a two-year contract he signed as one of the club’s 18 summer signings following promotion at the end of the 2020/21 League Two season.
After Sam Lavelle joined Charlton Athletic on the final day of the summer transfer window in 2021, he also became club captain..
O’Connor, a former Republic of Ireland U21 international, appeared 46 times for Morecambe last season, but only seven of those came after Adams returned in February following Stephen Robinson’s departure.
He scored four times in 2021/22, most notably in the FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur, as well as in the league wins over Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic.
This season, he has appeared only 16 times, with the last of those, a 2-1 defeat at Plymouth Argyle on December 17, providing his only goal of the campaign..
With Jacob Bedeau, Ryan Delaney, Farrend Rawson, and Dynel Simeu seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order, O’Connor leaves after 62 games and five goals..
“The club thanks Anthony for all of his efforts and wishes him well in the future,” the Shrimps said in a statement.
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