Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Mulryne set to rekindle career in Irish League

Linfield are favourites to offer a life-line to former Northern Ireland international Phil Mulryne.

The ex-Manchester United and Norwich City star has returned to Belfast and is on the look-out for a new club and Blues boss David Jeffrey has invited the 30-year old to train with the champions tonight.

Mulryne spent the latter stages of last season training with Cliftonville in a bid to get back to full fitness but now he wants to secure a club for the new season.

In recent times, the talented midfielder has endured a succession of injuries while a proposed move to the United States failed to materialise. Mulryne's career has stalled since being sent home from international duty for breaking a curfew three years ago but now he's looking to the future.

"I haven't had much success getting a club in England so I've decided to come home and give the Irish League a go," said Mulryne.

"I haven't played much in the last two or three seasons so hopefully I can get sorted and get my career going again. The Irish League is a good standard and I still feel I have plenty to offer a club. I've been training on my own this summer but with a good pre-season under my belt I'm sure I'll be ready."

Meanwhile, Linfield are also tracking former Derry City striker Stephen O'Flynn.

O'Flynn was released by Galway United recently and has yet to sign for an eircom League club.

With Thomas Stewart leaving for Derry City and Mark Dickson crossing Belfast to Crusaders, the Windsor Park men are on the look-out for a striker as back-up to deadly duo Glenn Ferguson and Peter Thompson.

Jeffrey is also considering a move for former Cliftonville winger John Martin.

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