Burton O’Brien won’t be returning to Livingston

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Livingston veteran Burton O’Brien has announced he won’t be returning to the club next season.

The South African-born midfielder, who has made more than 200 appearances for the club during two spells in West Lothian, has decided his future lies elsewhere after helping the Lions retain their Championship status ten days ago.

Having started his career with St Mirren, O’Brien earned himself a move to Blackburn Rovers in 1999 before retuning north to join Livi in 2002. He played a pivotal role in helping the club to CIS Cup glory in 2004 with a 2-0 victory over Hibs at Hampden. He then spent three years with Sheffield Wednesday between 2005 and 2008 before signing for Falkirk where he remained until 2011. O’Brien rejoined Livingston in 2012 for a second spell.

“After recent discussions, I will be leaving Livingston,” he explained. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my second spell at the club culminating in winning the Petrofac Training Cup and securing our status in the Championship. I’d like to thank all my team-mates, past and present, and the chairman Gordon McDougall who works tirelessly day in day out.

“Finally, thank you to the fans. I wish you and the club every success in the future.”

Slovenian midfielder Nejc Praprotnik and goalkeeper Kevin Walker have also been informed they won’t be offered new deals with the club announcing last Friday that both Shaun Rutherford and Michael McKenna have also been released.