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Ervin is relishing new Sky Blues challenge

By Graham Luney

David Jeffrey has sent Jim Ervin a good luck message after allowing his long serving defender to join Ballymena United.

Ervin's old Blues team-mate Glenn Ferguson beat off competition from Coleraine to secure the right-back's signature in a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 28-year-old defender has been with Linfield for the past nine years but was released after expressing a desire to enjoy more first team action.

Linfield chief Jeffrey said: "I know this has been a desperately hard decision for Jim to take.

"He had reached the age where all he wants to do is play football.

"I totally respect his decision and all I can do is wish him all the best for the future and thank him for all he has given me, the team, the club and our supporters.

"We wish him every success. There is a lot of football left in Jim Ervin. This is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of the next.

"Because of the high standing we hold him in and because of his exceptional service, we are not setting any conditions on his release."

Ervin said: "I'd like to thank the Linfield fans for the support they have given me during my time with the club.

"I wish them all the best for the future but as one door closes another opens and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead."

Another player expected to leave Windsor Park is Brian McCaul with a return to Glenavon set to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, striker Shane Dolan is leaving the Sky Blues and is returning to the League of Ireland with Shelbourne.

* Glenavon's match at Crusaders scheduled for February 22 will now be played on Friday, February 21 at 7.45pm.

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