Three years after walking out on Rangers, Rhys McCabe becomes free agent

Sheffield Wednesday

Ex-Rangers prospect Rhys McCabe has been released by Sheffield Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday confirmed on their official site on Tuesday that midfielder Rhys McCabe has been released after three years at Hillsborough.

The Owls finished in 13th place in the Championship this season, and wasted no time in announcing their retained list, with Lewis Buxton, Giles Coke, Paul Corry, Rafa Floro, Dejan Kelhar, Gary Madine, Joe Mattock, Jacques Maghoma, Matt Young and Kamil Zayatte failing to earn contract extensions.

All are now free agents ahead of the summer transfer window, but one of the most intriguing names on the list was midfielder McCabe.

The 22-year-old midfielder came through the ranks at Rangers, and was considered as something of a hot prospect at Ibrox having made nine first-team appearances in the 2011/12 season.

Yet when Rangers were demoted to the fourth tier of Scottish football in 2012, McCabe decided that he didn't want to stick with the club, and instead chose to leave Ibrox as a free agent, penning a three-year deal with Sheffield Wednesday.

Yet having failed to really make an impact at Hillsborough, McCabe was loaned out to Portsmouth last season, and with just three appearances in all competitions for Wednesday this term, McCabe has now been released, becoming a free agent.

After his exit from Rangers three years ago, McCabe told the Glasgow Evening Times that he didn't want to leave and was still a Rangers supporter, meaning he may want a return to Ibrox this summer.

However, Rangers fans took to Twitter after hearing the news, and were far from sympathetic with their former prospect, suggesting that it serves him right for leaving Rangers when they needed him most.

That reaction from Rangers fans suggests that McCabe wouldn't be welcomed back at Ibrox - even though they could snap him up for nothing after his release.

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