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Friday, 12 April, 2002, 00:08 GMT 01:08 UK
Reilly released by Killie
Greg Shields in action for Charlton
Greg Shields has arrived on loan from Charlton
Mark Reilly has left Kilmarnock after having spent 11 years with the Scottish Premier League club.

The 33-year-old midfielder had been out of the first-team picture this season and had been on loan with Airdrieonians.

But the First Division promotion-chasers' lack of cash meant that they had to let Reilly return to Killie last month.

And the Ayrshire club announced on Thursday that they had now released the player, who had two spells at Rugby Park split by an unsuccessful time at Reading.

Mark Reilly
Mark Reilly played in the cup-winning side
A Killie spokesman told the club's website: "Mark was a central figure in the revolution that saw the club rise back to the heights of success.

"Mark played in the famous cup final team of 1997 and will remain a firm favourite with the fans and, indeed, everyone associated with Kilmarnock Football Club.

"We wish Mark every success and hope to see him as a regular visitor to Rugby Park."

Reilly follows Frenchman Christophe Cocard, who left Rugby Park last month.

Former Lyon and Auxerre forward Cocard had his Kilmarnock contract paid up early.

Christophe Cocard
Christophe Cocard is to join Marseille
"Christophe will join Marseille next season and we believe he has also bought a health club," said a Killie spokesman.

New Kilmarnock boss Jim Jefferies has started building for the future and former Dunfermline Athletic defender Greg Shields made his debut against Dundee at the weekend.

The 25-year-old Shields, signed by Charlton Athletic for 580,000 in 1999, joined on loan from the English Premiership club until the end of the season.

He had previously been on loan with Walsall.

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