Partick Thistle: Kris Doolan 'devastated' as 10-year spell at Firhill ends

Kris Doolan
Kris Doolan joined Partick Thistle in 2009

Kris Doolan says he is "devastated" to be leaving Partick Thistle after 10 years at the club.

The striker made 401 appearances after arriving from Auchinleck Talbot in 2009, with only three players scoring more than his 120 goals for Thistle.

Doolan was told by manager Gary Caldwell on Thursday the club would not be offering him a new deal.

"I'm absolutely devastated, to be honest," he told BBC Scotland.

"When you've been at the club for such a long, long time it's always difficult to hear that you're no longer required or wanted around the place.

"I've shown a lot of loyalty to the club, stayed through thick and thin, so it definitely wouldn't have been my decision to leave."

Chairman Jacqui Low paid tribute to his "almost unmatched" contribution. "Kris is, and always will be, a legend at Partick Thistle. He has earned that title," Low said.

"From his debut in red and yellow through to his first steps into coaching, Kris deserves an inordinate amount of credit and his efforts will not be forgotten."

Caldwell echoed those sentiments, describing Doolan as "a consummate professional".

"I can't fault him," he said. "He has scored some vital goals this season and he leaves with the best wishes of me and everyone at the football club."

Thistle have also confirmed that Souleymane Coulibaly, Lee Duncanson, Antony Eadie, Niall Keown, Aaron Lennox, Andy McCarthy, Alistair Roy and Miles Storey are not being offered new deals.

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