Her arrival at Stark’s Park prompted a series of resignations among club board members and volunteers and led main sponsor Val McDermid to withdraw support, while the women’s team also severed ties with the club. club.
The matter reached Holyrood with Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon also urging Raith to reconsider as the signing controversy made headlines in the UK and abroad.
After initially doubling down and insisting the player be signed on footballing merits, Raith eventually made a U-turn and insisted the former Dundee United, Aberdeen and Scotland striker would not play for them.
He was loaned out to Clyde but did not play for them after facing a similar backlash from fans, with the club’s stadium owners North Lanarkshire Council banning him from the pitch, although he played for the Cumbernauld team in the previous five years.
Rovers have now confirmed he is no longer on their books in a short statement on their official website which read: “The club can confirm that David Goodwillie has been released from his contract with immediate effect. The club will make no further comment. .