Reds conclude deal for United’s Gillan

Larne have concluded the signing of Ballymoney United's Gerald Gillan. Photo: Presseye.
Larne have concluded the signing of Ballymoney United's Gerald Gillan. Photo: Presseye.

The deal that more or less completes the Inver Park squad for the new season took a little while longer than anticipated to conclude, but Gerald Gillan is now a Larne player.

Boss Davy McAlinden is very pleased with another nice bit of transfer work.

The agreement was in place more than a fortnight ago, but there was an unexpected hitch when it was discovered the player was under contract to Ballymoney United for another year. However, the problem was soon ironed out.

“It wasn’t really something which caused any bother and now it’s all sorted,” explained McAlinden.

“Gerald is 26 and, while maybe recognised as a centre-forward, he is equally effective as an attacking midfielder. He scored lots of goals last season and he fancied trying his hand at a higher level.

“We are pleased to provide him with such an opportunity and I’m delighted to have home on board. He will give us even greater options and the battle for places continues.

He adedd: “Things will get even more interesting for the squad next week with Newington coming to Inver Park for our first friendly.

“Also, the draw was made for the first round of the Steel and Sons Cup and we were fortunate enough to get a bye. But the second round has thrown up an interesting tie for us.

“We have been handed a trip to Dromara Village, the team now managed by former Northern Ireland international Gerard McMahon, a guy I know very well. I am happy with that, and it promises to be a very entertaining match.”