ATHLETIC have reached a mutual agreement to terminate the contract of attacker David Hopkirk, it has been confirmed this afternoon.

The club released a short statement that said the 24-year-old has left East End Park as of today.

It read: "Dunfermline Athletic has reached a mutual agreement with David Hopkirk to terminate his contract as from Thursday 9 November 2017.

"We would like to thank David for his effort on behalf of the club, and wish him well in the the future."

The former Hamilton Academical youngster was signed for the Pars from Annan Athletic by John Potter in January 2015 and scored on his debut in a 2-0 win at Ayr United.

But his time with Dunfermline was plagued by injuries and an inability to secure a starting slot on a regular basis.

He played 35 times during the League One title-winning season - memorably scoring the winner for 10-man Pars in a crucial game with title rivals Ayr - but struggled for matches last season.

Despite penning a two-year deal ahead of the club's Championship return, Hopkirk struggled for fitness and played just 13 games.

He started Dunfermline's opening two games in this campaign, scoring in the 5-1 win over Inverness, and netted a sublime goal in September's 3-0 win over St Mirren.

His final game as a Pars player came at the end of the same month in a 3-1 loss to Dundee United.