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Glentoran's Tiarnan McNicholl delighted to join 'one of Belfast's Big Two'

Tiarnan McNicholl is determined to help Glentoran challenge for honours.

The attacking midfielder arrives at the Oval on a two-year deal after leaving Cliftonville, where he came up through the youth ranks.

McNicholl spent the first half of last season on loan at Carrick Rangers, netting three Premiership goals in 20 appearances and also bagging a solo goal to win the League Cup semi-final against Glenavon.

Now that the 22 year-old has made the move to East Belfast, he's determined to help the club get back to challenging for trophies.

“Firstly it’s great to be signing for one of Belfast's Big Two," he told the glentoran.com website.

"Glentoran have done great business signing good players so far this summer and I’m happy to be at a club that intends to challenge for the league and domestic cups. My time at Cliftonville gave me experience playing with some of the league's best players and I learned a lot from them.

"Last year, I had a good spell of first team Premiership football at Carrick Rangers where I relished first team football and helping Carrick reach the League Cup Final. I know I can play a part in getting the Glens up the table and into cup finals."

McNicholl is Glentoran's fifth signing of the summer, adding to the acquisitions of midfield duo Corey McMullan and John McGuigan as well as teenage forward Dylan Davidson and Carrick defender Daniel Kelly.

Manager Gary Haveron said: “Tiarnan is a big strong athletic player. He has come up through the Cliftonville youth system and he really came to my attention while out on loan in the Premiership last year. Dan Kelly played alongside him during his loan spell last season and couldn't speak highly enough of the lad and his attitude.

"I've said it a lot recently, but I only want to work with lads with the right attitude - an attitude where they want to work hard and earn what they get. With Tiarnan we got exactly that. He wants the opportunity to prove himself and I’m sure he’ll take that opportunity with us.

"When Tiarnan decided to leave Cliftonville we moved quickly as I know there’s been a lot of interest in him.  His attitude when we met was outstanding. He came with the intention not to negotiate but to sign for Glentoran. That was really refreshing and confirmed what I already knew, that he was a lad I was very keen to work with and a lad I know I can trust to look after himself and do more away from the club as well as when he's with us.

"Tiarnan can play in either wide position as well as up top as a central striker and I'm delighted he's committed his future to us. At 22 he fits in well with the young and energetic side we are looking to put together and with premier league experience already he's a very good addition to the playing squad.”

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