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Morrow signs on as Feeney starts building at Linfield

By Steven Beacom

Linfield manager Warren Feeney has made his first signing – former Northern Ireland under-21 striker Sammy Morrow.

When Feeney was unveiled as David Jeffrey's successor at Windsor Park last week he issued his intent to hit the ground running in terms of recruitment and he has been true to his word.

Morrow, 29, has arrived on a one-year contract and will be the first of many new faces as Feeney attempts to shake things up at Linfield.

Morrrow, from Limavady, has had an eventful career starting out as a teenager at Ipswich Town before signing for Hibs where he gained a reputation for being something of a supersub. Loan spells with Livingston and Partick Thistle in Scotland followed before Hibs released him with Morrow signing for Derry City.

In 2008 he was a cup hero for the Candystripes scoring in finals, but like many other players left the Brandywell outfit when they were relegated for financial irregularities.

He moved to Coleraine, then Tranmere Rovers and followed that up by going back to Scotland to join Ross County, who he helped gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League, where he enjoyed scoring against Celtic.

Now Morrow will aim to hit the target against Cliftonville, Glentoran and all the other Irish League teams in a potentially lethal forward partnership with Andrew Waterworth.

Feeney is excited by the arrival of Morrow, who he believes will be a key component in Linfield's bid to win the title next season when Cliftonville will be going for three in a row.

Feeney said: "I'm absolutely delighted to announce that Sammy Morrow has signed a one-year contract with Linfield Football Club.

"He's 29 years of age and he's got great experience having played for Ross County, Hibs and Derry City. He's got good pedigree and he knows the Irish League scene well. He's a hard worker who has had a good career in full time football in Scotland.

"He's the sort of player who won't give up easily and I'm genuinely excited about welcoming him on board.

"I know Linfield tried to sign him a few years ago and having met him, I know how excited he is about getting this chance to play for Linfield. He will give us strength and bravery in the striker position. He's a passionate player and he was really enthusiastic about signing for Linfield. From my point of view, signing him really was not a very difficult decision to have to make."

In the days and weeks to come Feeney will make some major decisions about who will leave the club, with several high profile names out of contract.

Aaron Burns has also signed a new two-year contract with the club and two youngsters, Reece Glendinning and Gareth Deane, are staying.

Feeney added: "Reece Glendinning has signed a new two year contract and Gareth Deane has signed a one year contract extension. Both lads are highly talented young players who were very enthusiastic about signing and I'm looking forward to working with them and watching their progress and development in the months ahead.

"They are both great prospects for the future of the club."

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