Martin Cranie joined Middlesbrough in January, but has already left the club.
Middlesbrough have decided to release defender Martin Cranie from his contract just half a season after joining Tony Pulis’ side in the January transfer window – and fans have reacted sarcastically on Twitter.
Cranie, 31, joined Boro in January for an undisclosed fee from Premier League outfit Huddersfield Town, but managed just 143 minutes of Championship football with the play-off semi-finalists.
His lack of game time, which may come as a surprise after featuring in three Premier League matches for Huddersfield during the first half of the season including a 5-0 loss to Arsenal, has seen Boro leave him in the ditch.
Now, Boro have published their retained list in which Cranie is one of only two casualties at the Riverside, with goalkeeper Tomas Meijas also leaving the club on a free transfer.
The club also have decisions to make on quartet Martin Braithewaite, Julian de Sart, Ashley Fletcher and Antonio Barragan, who have returned from loan spells in England and Europe.
Middlesbrough fans reacted in comical fashion, with many sarcastically reacting in despair at losing fringe player Cranie after his measly nine Championship appearances for the club.
One fan posted “will never forget those magic moments on the pitch”.
Thanks Cranie for your service, will never forget those magic moments on the pitch
— Jimmy⚽️ (@BAMFORNALDO) May 22, 2018
Rip the Martin cranie fan club
— Michael (@mcwd) May 22, 2018
Goodbye Cranie Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened
— Gavin (@GavSki90) May 22, 2018
Martin cranie baby Martin cranie oooooooo
— TM (@tyler112355) May 22, 2018
@JackFrankland Cranie was a good signing wasn’t he
— David (@davidr06051999) May 22, 2018
Martin Cranie up there with accolade signatures such as Maxi Haas, Caleb Folan & Mickaël Debève.
— Geoff Griffiths (@pinkrubberlover) May 22, 2018