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David Cushley will not be joining Linfield: Glenn Ferguson

By Graham Luney

Glenn Ferguson has told Linfield to forget about signing David Cushley.

The Blues had a £10,000 bid knocked back for the winger but Showgrounds chief Ferguson has told the club where he earned legendary status as a player to look elsewhere.

"There is definitely no-one going out of this club and I've made that abundantly clear to our board and to Jim Kerr (Linfield chairman) and Warren Feeney (Linfield boss) and whoever else is making the bids at Linfield," said Ferguson.

"I've made it perfectly clear that David Cushley is going nowhere. I can't stop the speculation but it's been put to bed.

"I've spoken to David and he's happy where he is. He'll be playing on Saturday, ironically enough against Linfield."

Feeney said: "We've had a bid in for him but Spike doesn't want to lose him and I respect that totally.

"I respect Ballymena United's attitude and I understand that. I've a list of about 10 players I'm interested in and we will look at those options.

"I want quality players and it's been documented we are interested in Daniel Hughes. Players might have power in the Premier League but Warrenpoint have decided to reject a good offer.

"I'm also looking at players in England."

Ferguson is now focused on United's Premiership assault, starting with the daunting trip to Windsor on Saturday, and he wants his men to "defend with pride".

"I want us to defend with pride and not take any chances," added the Irish League's second highest goalscorer.

"The boys should kick it in the stand if that's what is needed and we need bodies behind the ball.

"We have proved we can score goals but we need to be more resolute at the back and the addition of Nathan Hanley gives us a bit more strength back there.

"It's been a long pre-season, it's been three nights and all day Saturday since June 23.

"The players deserve a lot of credit because they don't get paid in the summer.

"They give a massive commitment and now it's reached the stage of it starting on Saturday and the players must be up for it.

"There's no better place to start than against one of the top teams, Linfield, and on a great pitch at Windsor.

"There's also no doubt we will see more of striker Matthew Shevlin as well.

"He's young and had a good Milk Cup. He's a year older and has a bit of pre-season with us.

"He's a busy striker and we like what we see. We will definitely see more of him."

Gerard Lawlor, chairman of the Premiership Management Committee, used last night's official launch of the Danske Bank Premiership season to warn clubs that the issue of illegal payments will be tackled.

"Illegal payments to players is on the rise within the game and we must stop them," he said.

"This is a cancer and only this week the Northern Ireland Football League has set up a task force that will deal with these issues going forward.

"I would appeal to clubs to work together in the spirit of the game."

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