Rhys Griffiths told he can leave Plymouth Argyle
FIREFIGHTER turned professional footballer Rhys Griffiths has been told he can leave Plymouth Argyle.
The 32-year-old striker does not fit into the plans of John Sheridan, the recently appointed Pilgrims' boss.
Sheridan has not ruled out the possibility of adding a new forward to his squad before the relegation 'six-pointer' against Accrington Stanley at Home Park tomorrow (3pm).
A return to his previous career with the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and playing part-time football could be on the cards for Griffiths.
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He was signed on a one-year contract by former Argyle manager Carl Fletcher from Welsh Premier League club Port Talbot Town in August.
Griffiths has made seven starts and 10 substitute appearances in all competitions this season, and netted three times.
Sheridan told Herald Sport: "I have spoken to Rhys. He has come from non-league and had an opportunity here under the previous manager.
"I look for different strikers. I was just honest with Rhys and explained to him I wouldn't stand in his way if he could find football elsewhere.
"I'm going to go the way that I think, hopefully, will get us out of the position we are in.
"That's just being honest more than anything else. Hopefully, it gives him an opportunity and enough time to look for football elsewhere."
He continued: "It's not nice telling someone they aren't really needed. That's something I don't like doing, but it's just me being honest and it's part of my job.
"Hopefully, he will get somewhere (a club) where it will benefit him and he's getting more football than he would here."
Injuries proved a problem for the 6ft 2in striker at the start of his career with the Pilgrims.
Griffiths did not make his debut until the game against Northampton Town at Home Park on September 1, but he scored coming off the substitutes' bench in a 3-2 win.
His last goal came when Argyle triumphed 4-1 away to Barnet on October 13.
Griffiths is not set to be part of the Pilgrims' squad against Accrington. Sheridan said: "It's the right choice for me to look at people who are going to be here until the end of the season so that's what I will do."
Sheridan has already made four signings since he became Argyle manager and admitted: "I would still like to bring one more player in.
"I'm talking to one or two clubs and, hopefully, something positive will come from that. Whether it will be before the weekend, I don't know."
Meanwhile, first-year Argyle professional Isaac Vassell has signed an extended deal until the end of the season.
His previous contract had been set to expire on January 31, but the 19-year-old attacker has impressed Sheridan sufficiently to be offered the chance to stay at Home Park.
Vassell has not played for the Pilgrims this season, but made eight substitute appearances in 2011/12.
As reported in Herald Sport on Monday, winger Joe Lennox will be released by Argyle when his short-term contract ends on January 31.
ARGYLE'S postponed away game against Southend United has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 19 (7.45pm).