Middlesbrough FC's Colombian international striker Hamilton Ricard was today released by the club to join Bulgarian side PFC CSKA Sofia.
The 27-year-old former Asociación Deportivo Cali player has moved in a bid to return to first-team football after falling in the pecking order at the Riverside stadium.
Ricard was the FA Premiership club's top scorer in two successive seasons follwing his €3.2m arrival in March 1998, but has found himself only on the fringes of the team under new manager Steve McClaren.
'A big decision'
"I suppose it will be seen as a strange one, to go where he's going," said first-team coach Steve Harrison on the club's official website. "Bulgaria isn't a country you associate Latin American players going to. I wish him all the best, it's a big decision by Hamilton."
Campbell joins Cardiff
Andy Campbell, the former English Under-21 international, has also left the club. The striker has signed for Cardiff City AFC for €1.6m following a loan spell in which he scored six goals in five games.
A player happy to stay in the north-east is Welsh international Mark Crossley. The goalkeeper has rejected overtures from a number of clubs and signed a new two-year contract.
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