Filipe Morais has this afternoon been released from Bradford City after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
The tricky winger himself this afternoon confirmed the departure from the West Yorkshire club on Twitter, tweeting this to fans:
Gutted to say I've left @officialbantams . Would like to thank all the fans for all their support throughout my time there. I will miss u ❤️
— Filipe Morais (@moraisfilipe20) January 31, 2017
The T&A’s Bradford City reporter, Simon Parker, alongside the club itself have also since confirmed the departure through the same social media platform:
— Simon Parker (@ParkerTandA) January 31, 2017
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) January 31, 2017
The player leaves the club on good terms with the fans after certainly leaving his mark during a successful spell with the Bantams. Morais was most notably part of the Bradford squad which masterminded a 4-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, arguably the greatest cup shock of all time. Morais came through the ranks at Chelsea but scored that day to help send the Bantams through. The skillful wideman has made just shy of 50 appearances in his time at the club after being brought in by ex-manager Phil Parkinson back in 2014.
Morais’ time with the club has, however, been plagued by injury, including a horrendous leg break early on in his time at the club. With the Bantams flying high, a consistent run of games has been hard to come by this season for the Portuguese winger, who will now move onto a new challenge.
Fans of the Bantams have taken to social media themselves to wish the winger, who has been a fans favourite in his time, all the best for the future.
Gutted Filipe Morais has left! This won't go as noticed as much since it's Transfer deadline day but I wish him the best! #BCAFC
— AS Bradford (@AS_Bradford) January 31, 2017
Best of luck to Filipe Morais.. gave 100% most weeks #bcafc
— D.C (@dannycookson) January 31, 2017
Following his release, Morais will now be free to join another club from tomorrow. Whether he will join another Football League club, make a move up to Scotland or take some time out from the game is unclear but he leaves a club where he will be fondly remembered and will be wished well by most involved.