Belfast Telegraph

Glentoran make McMenamin swoop

By Graham Luney

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson has moved his pre-season preparations up a gear by signing striker Conor McMenamin from Linfield and handing experienced defender Barry Holland a new deal.

Both players have agreed two-year contracts and will now look to steer the club to more silverware after capturing the Irish Cup in May for the second time in three years.

Patterson said: "Conor's signing is further evidence that young talent will be given its opportunity at this club.

"His hunger to play the game and to get minutes on the pitch has been clearly evident in the training sessions so far. If he continues to show that application, there is no doubt that another club's loss will be our gain."

On Holland's new deal, Patterson added on the club's website: "Barry admits that last season reignited his passion for the game and, having spoken to former team-mates that have retired from the game, he was convinced that not accepting the club's offer to be part of the continued development of the youngest squad in the Premiership would be something he would regret.

"By his own admission, it took Barry time to get back up to speed at the start of last season, having been out of the game for so long, but completing his domestic medal collection with May's Irish Cup triumph has only strengthened his resolve to taste more success in Glentoran's colours."

Former Celtic player Paul George and Kristian Gibson, who was at Rangers, also guested for Glentoran in a friendly clash on Tuesday night.

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