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Linfield's Feeney targets a double signing

By Stuart McKinley

Warren Feeney claimed that Linfield won the respect of their rivals despite their Europa League adventure coming to an end.

After reaching the second round of the Europa League — where they shocked Swedish side AIK Solna in the first leg, before losing 2-1 on aggregate — the new Blues boss is excited ahead of his debut league campaign, having taken over from David Jeffrey in May.

Had Linfield scored an away goal in the Friends Arena on Thursday night they would have been facing Astana of Kazakhstan this coming Thursday. But instead Feeney’s focus is now on the before the Danske Bank Premiership opener at Portadown on August 9 — a match he is relishing.

Feeney has already signed Chris Hegarty, Jamie Richards, Stephen Lowry and Sammy Morrow — and has yet to declare if he will play himself. But he still wants more after Alan Blayney, BJ Burns, Kyle McVey, Stephen Garrett, Michael Gault, James Knowles, Philip Lowry, Mark McAllister and Matthew Tipton left at the end of last season.

“If I can add maybe one or two more I will be over the moon, but I’ve got a special changing room and our focus is now the league,” said Feeney.

“We’ll be coming this year, believe me.”

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