Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Boyce back at Cliftonville

Cliftonville last night swooped to re-sign their former striker Liam Boyce from under the noses of Glentoran.

Take it as Red, Boyce is back at SolitudeFamiliar face: Liam Boyce is returning to CliftonvilleCLIFTONVILLE last night swooped to re-sign their former striker Liam Boyce from under the noses of Glentoran.

The 20-year-old, who left Solitude for Werder Bremen 15 months ago, has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal with the Reds, for whom he scored 22 goals in 68 appearances prior to his German sojourn.

The return of former idols is somewhat in vogue with Manchester United’s Paul Scholes coming out of retirement just a day before Thierry Henry capped his Arsenal comeback with a match-winning goal against Leeds United on Monday.

Boyce says he’s looking forward to getting back in the groove. “It’s so good to be back,” he said.

“I always knew I hadn’t played my last game for Cliftonville and I can’t wait to get out on the pitch and start playing football again. I'm really pleased to have signed again and, having spent the last few months training with the Reds, it's brilliant to be in a position where I'll be working towards actually playing on a Saturday.

“I had always kept in touch with the lads when I was away and, now that I'm back, I want to play my part in helping this club win things because it's what everyone deserves.”

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor was “absolutely delighted” to have secured the return of the 2009/10 Carling Young Player of the Year, adding: “When Liam first left to join Werder Bremen, he always made it clear that, were he ever to come home, he wouldn’t sign for any Irish League club but ourselves and he’s been true to his word.

“We have been working towards this for around two months or so and we’re very, very pleased to have reached this stage. All we’re waiting on now is international clearance coming through and he’ll be available for selection.”

Boyce’s return follows the acquisition of striker Diarmuid O’Carroll and, with ex-Northern Ireland under-19 international Deaglan Bunting set to finalise a deal at Solitude, boss Tommy Breslin has options available to him in the wake of Rory Donnelly’s exit.

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