DONE DEAL: Ciaran Murray completes transfer to Cliftonville

Larne striker Ciaran Murray, seen here playing against Cliftonville in pre-season.
Larne striker Ciaran Murray, seen here playing against Cliftonville in pre-season.
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Larne striker Ciaran Murray has signed for Premiership giants Cliftonville.

The frontman was linked with a move to top-flight strugglers Ballymena United, but the 27-year-old has opted to join Tommy Breslin’s Reds.

“I’m over the moon. It’s a club I’ve grown up supporting and my family supports,” Murray told the Times. “I’m really sad to be leaving Larne as it’s a great club and a great bunch of lads and Davy (McAlinden) is a top coach as well as a top man. I really appreciate everything he has done for me but the chance has come for me to show the Premiership what I can do and I’m excited to get started. I can’t wait,”

Murray arrived at Larne from Amateur League side Immaculata and in recent weeks officials had dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from the Inver Park club.

He was the Inver Reds’ top scorer with 28 goals last season, and netted six goals from five starts this term.

Over the weekend, Larne boss Davy McAlinden told the club’s website that he does not expect to make any more new signings ahead of the transfer deadline but that could change.

Just two weeks ago, the Inver Park club refuted speculation linking Murray with a move to Solitude.

The striker scored Immaculata’s only goal in the 2013 Steel Cup final, when Dundela ran out 4-1 winners.

Meanwhile, Larne defender Curtis Woods has joined Ballyclare Comrades.