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Currie delighted as Neill joins Ports’ bid to seal promotion

 

By Graham Luney

Portadown have swooped to sign former Glenavon hero Kyle Neill. The versatile 39-year-old had indicated he was stepping down from Premiership football and now a return to Shamrock Park with Championship new boys Portadown has got his competitive juices flowing again.

Neill's career includes title wins with Portadown and Glentoran and Irish Cup triumphs with the Ports and Glenavon. And the decision to prolong his career with Niall Currie's side offers another chance to win silverware.

"I've been hearing that Kyle has been done for five or six years now, yet Gary (Hamilton) kept re-signing him," said Currie.

"This man got over one of the worst injuries a player can get at 37 in a cruciate and was back playing in just over six months, I know 25-year-olds who were out 18 months.

"We're talking about a special player, person and winner, he's won everything there is and is as fit as a fiddle now. His experience and character will be fantastic in the Championship and this guy will go through anything for me and the club. I think it's quite fitting that he plays his last season at Portadown, perfect in fact."

Meanwhile, former Northern Ireland international Andrew Little has joined the Rangers Academy coaching team while Portadown old boy Keith O'Hara has been appointed manager of Mid-Ulster League Division One outfit Rectory Rangers.

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