Raith Rovers release Goodwillie from contract with immediate effect

Raith Rovers release Goodwillie from contract with immediate effect

Striker David Goodwillie has left Raith Rovers with 'immediate effect', eight months after his controversial signing.

The 33-year-old, who has not made a single appearance for Rovers, was signed on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Clyde on the final day of the January transfer window.

The Kirkcaldy club faced a ferocious backlash from club sponsor Val McDermid, fans, Rape Crisis Scotland and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after Goodwillie was ruled to be a rapist in a civil case in 2017, six years after being initially charged.

No criminal proceedings were instructed against the former Scotland international but he was ordered to pay £100,000 in damages by a judge.

His arrival at Stark's Park also prompted a raft of resignations among board members and club volunteers, while the club's women's side opted to rebrand under a different name.

A club statement on Friday read: "The club can confirm that David Goodwillie has been released from his contract with immediate effect. The club will make no further comment".