Darren O'Dea has been released by Metalurh Donetsk just 12 months into a three-year contract.

The Irish defender, who began his senior career with Celtic, moved to the Ukraine last summer.

The 27-year-old ended a six-year spell at Celtic Park in 2012 to join Major League Soccer side Toronto, joining Metalurh only a year later. An itinerant career has also comprised loan spells with Reading, Ipswich Town and Leeds United, while O'Dea has also made 20 appearances for the Republic of Ireland.

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He remains upbeat about his future. In a Twitter post, O'Dea wrote: "My Ukraine adventure has come to an end. Would like to thank the club for been [sic] nothing but great with me. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds!"