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Shane McCabe makes Ballinamallard return

By Stuart McKinley

Shane McCabe is back at Ballinamallard United, over a decade after his first spell at the club ended.

Mallards boss Whitey Anderson has swooped to sign the Enniskillen-based midfielder who left Glenavon in March due to increased work and family commitments.

Ironically it was Glenavon who gave McCabe his chance at senior level in his early 20s after impressing for Ballinamallard while they were still in intermediate football.

"I am delighted to bring Shane McCabe back to Ballinamallard United," said Anderson.

"He has consistently been one of the best midfielders in the Irish League over the last decade.

"He is a winner and his ability, leadership and experience are going to be a big asset both on and off the pitch.

"Having spoken to Shane it is obvious that he still has the burning desire to do well and he will be expecting the same of those around him."

McCabe's return to Ferney Park will softening the blow of losing captain Mark Stafford and midfielder David Kee to Linfield and he will also be a candidate to take over the armband.

Meanwhile H&W Welders stalwart Fred Magee has had his many years of work at the Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 club recognised.

He was the recipient of the Malcolm Brodie Services to Sport award at the Castlereagh Glentoran Supporters club Ulster Player of the Year presentation.

Fred has been a popular figure around the game for many years, working tirelessly in his role as Welders secretary and he is also a former County Antrim FA President.

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