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Ryan Byrne/INPHO Simon Madden won't be with Rovers in 2018.
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Rovers announce veteran defender's surprise exit after nearly 200 appearances
Simon Madden is leaving Tallaght Stadium after four seasons in his second spell with the Hoops.

SIMON MADDEN’S SECOND spell at Shamrock Rovers has come to an end after the club announced his departure this morning.

In a brief statement, the Hoops said Madden’s contract “will not be renewed” for next season, before thanking him for his contribution to a club for whom he played 194 games.

Widely regarded as one one of the best right-backs in the SSE Airtricity League, the former Irish U21 international is likely to represent a significant addition for his new club should he remain in Ireland.

After Madden signed a new one-year deal with Rovers last November, manager Stephen Bradley said of the 29-year-old Dubliner: “There was a lot of interest in him from other clubs so we are delighted that he sees his future at Shamrock Rovers. He is a great professional and I think is the best right-back in the country.”

Madden, who Shamrock Rovers fans voted as their player of the year for 2016, joined Leeds United as a trainee before returning home for his first spell with Rovers in 2008.

The defender had a brief stint with Darlington in 2010 but he was back in the League of Ireland that summer, first with Dundalk and then Derry City. He re-joined Rovers in 2014.

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