Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan happy to keep faith in Kym Nelson as Johnny Flynn rejoins Ballymena United
Glentoran manager Alan Kernaghan has moved forward in his planning for next season by handing midfielder Kym Nelson a new two-year contract.
The new deal is a massive display of faith in 20-year-old Nelson, who made only eight league appearances during the season just finished - although he did appear in the Europa League play-off defeat to Cliftonville last week.
"I'm delighted to have secured Kym for a further two years," said Kernaghan.
"He's a product of the Glentoran Academy, a local lad and I know there's a lot more to come from Kym in the years ahead. I look forward to working with him to help him fulfil his undoubted potential."
The Glens also confirmed that they will welcome St Johnstone, managed by former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Tommy Wright, for a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 9.
Kernaghan is also a former Saints player.
Meanwhile, Ballymena United have confirmed that defender Johnny Flynn will return to the club, eight years after leaving for Blackburn Rovers. Flynn signs a two-year contract following his release by Cliftonville.
Sky Blues manager David Jeffrey said: "Johnny is well aware of the set-up having been here as a young player.
"When we sat down to discuss a move, he got what we are trying to do here and wanted to be a part of it."