Matthew Tipton swaps Linfield for Ballymena United
Ballymena United have made former Linfield striker Matthew Tipton their first signing of the close season.
Glenn Ferguson swooped for the former Wales under-21 international, who was only released by new Blues manager Warren Feeney last Thursday.
Tipton first played in the Irish League for Portadown before joining Linfield two years ago, but his time at Windsor Park was blighted by injuries and he only played 52 games over two seasons, scoring 20 goals.
"We are delighted to get someone of Matthew's ability and proven goal scoring record," said Ferguson.
"Having spoken to him at length, he is really up for a fresh challenge and will add a new dimension to the team."
Ballymena are also interested in signing former Linfield captain Michael Gault, but they face competition from Glenavon and Portadown, while Coleraine and Glentoran are also believed to be watching developments.
Meanwhile, Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson last night released defender Kevin Bradley and striker Jordan Hughes.
Bradley leaves The Oval despite starting 19 games last season. Hughes' departure is less of a surprise as he only started one game for the Glens after signing from Lisburn Distillery.
Elsewhere, Glenavon have released striker Andrew Mitchell.
The 20-year-old former Northern Ireland under-19 international had spent the season on loan at Ards, but his goals were unable to save them from relegation.
Ards are keen to keep him, but Mitchell may want Premiership football.