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Aaron Smyth follows Aaron Harmon as Glentoran boss Alan Kernaghan swoops again on Carrick Rangers

By Stuart McKinley

Published 10/06/2016

Oval bound: Aaron Smyth has joined Glentoran from Carrick Rangers
Oval bound: Aaron Smyth has joined Glentoran from Carrick Rangers

Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan has completed a second successful raid on Carrick Rangers in as many weeks.

Ten days after snapping up former Taylor's Avenue skipper Aaron Harmon, Kernaghan has added right-back Aaron Smyth to his list of summer signings.

Like Harmon, 28-year-old Smyth has signed a two-year contract at The Oval.

"Aaron is another signing who will bring hunger and professionalism to our squad," said Kernaghan.

"I'm confident he will play a positive part in helping us progress up the league next season."

Harmon and Smyth will increase Kernaghan's defensive options after Barry Holland's retirement and his decision to place Calum Birney on the transfer list.

Meanwhile, Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton has been busy working on his squad ahead of their Europa League campaign, which will start in just over two week's time.

The Lurgan Blues have signed striker 24-year-old Greg Moorhouse from Leinster League side Crumlin United on the recommendation of former Mourneview Park hero Tony Grant.

The club also announced that Joel Cooper signed a two-year contract before departing for France to train with the Northern Ireland squad at Euro 2016, but there is some confusion after the club revealed on April 30 that he has agreed a deal to run until 2019.

Glenavon have handed one-year extensions to club captain Kris Lindsay and Ciaran Martyn, who captained the club to their Irish Cup victory last month.

Kyle Neill, who is working his way back following a cruciate ligament injury sustained on Boxing Day, has registered as an amateur until he can prove his fitness.

Portadown manager Pat McGibbon has also been busy signing players.

Brendan Shannon and Adam Rodgers have joined from Lurgan Celtic, while captain Keith O'Hara has re-signed for another year and youngster Jake Richardson has agreed a new 12-month deal too. Ken Oman is also close to pledging his immediate future to the club

Ards have signed Dungannon Swifts pair David McCullough and Gary Liggett.

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