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CSKA tempt Ricard to Bulgaria

Published: Tuesday 26 March 2002, 20.06CET
Middlesbrough FC strikers Hamilton Ricard and Andy Campbell have left the Riverside stadium.

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Published: Tuesday 26 March 2002, 20.06CET

CSKA tempt Ricard to Bulgaria

Middlesbrough FC strikers Hamilton Ricard and Andy Campbell have left the Riverside stadium.

Middlesbrough FC's Colombian international striker Hamilton Ricard was today released by the club to join Bulgarian side PFC CSKA Sofia.

Pecking order
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.

Top scorer
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.

Crossley extension
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.

Last updated: 16/11/12 8.32CET

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