Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Ballymena boss Walker has not given up on Carson chase

Ballymena United boss Roy Walker admits he hasn't given up hope of bringing Glentoran midfielder Philip Carson to the Showgrounds on-loan before the January transfer window slams shut.

Carson was set for a loan deal ahead of the New Year until Glens boss McDonald had a change of heart and pulled the plug on the deal, for now.

The midfielder then returned to McDonald’s squad for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Glenavon — his first game in a year for the east Belfast side.

Not only did he return to action, but also scored the second goal of the game.

However, Walker hasn't given up on concluding the deal before the month is out.

"There hasn't been any change at my end and it was left that I would speak to Alan (McDonald) again in a week or two about the situation," Walker maintained.

"As far as I'm concerned they haven't shut the door and I've still got my foot in the door, so I won't speculate over what might happen."

Glentoran boss Alan McDonald explained his decision to veto the deal came about after a poor run of results had seen them slip off the top of the table.

“I apologised to Roy Walker if I caused any embarrassment or hassle,” he said.

“We had all the paperwork done for Philip to go down to Ballymena until the end of the season but I just felt that, with the way results had been, I wanted a full squad to chose from. That’s why I brought Matty Burrows back from Loughgall too.”

Another player Walker is keen to add to his squad is Lisburn Distillery defender Paul Muir.

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