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Crusaders snap up O'Carroll and Burns

By Graham Luney

Now that the curtain has come down on the Danske Bank Premiership season, managers are continuing to strengthen their resources for another shot at silverware.

Crusaders have snapped up the services of striker Diarmuid O'Carroll from Cliftonville while versatile Linfield player Billy Joe Burns is also heading to Seaview.

BJ Burns has signed a three-year pre-contract while O'Carroll agreed a two-year pre-contract deal. Before making the short trip from Solitude to Seaview, O'Carroll thanked the Reds for a memorable adventure.

"I leave without a bad word to say about players, staff or fans and I want to thank them for all their support," said the 27-year-old. Aidan Watson and striker Andy Smith have left Crusaders.

Meanwhile, Shane McCabe and Jamie Mulgrew have both agreed two-year deals at Glenavon and Linfield respectively.

Blues boss Warren Feeney said: "Jamie has got years of great experience of playing here. He's got experience of winning games and trophies as a Linfield player. He's a senior pro who other players in the changing room will be looking up to. He's made it very clear to me that he wants to stay here and play for Linfield and help the club win trophies and that's the sort of positive determined attitude I want from players."

Striker Peter Thompson also agreed a new one-year contract with the Blues.

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