Apr 24, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Ashley Fletcher (11) controls the ball defended by Orlando City defender Rodrigo Schlegel (15) in the first half at Exploria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Ashley Fletcher did not distinguish himself during his loan to the Red Bulls. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)

Red Bulls forward Ashley Fletcher has concluded his six-month loan and will return to Watford FC, the club announced Monday.

Fletcher, 26, joined the Red Bulls on loan after the MLS season started. The forward made his debut for the club on March 20 against Columbus Crew. He made seven appearances and logged 250 minutes.

“We want to thank Ashley for his time with the club, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement.

Red Bulls head coach Gerard Struber indicated that Fletcher’s days were numbered after his team’s loss at Los Angeles FC on June 26.

“I think he [doesn’t have] the biggest future here,” he said. “I think right now … I [have] trust in Tom Barlow and Patrick Klimala. In the last few months what he showed us, also with his fitness situation, I think you cannot speak about the future.”

The Red Bulls host New York City FC in the Hudson River Derby at Red Bull Arena on Sunday at 5 p.m. (ESPN).

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.