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Clingan can be big hit for the Blues, insists manager Healy

By Graham Luney

David Healy has backed new signing Sammy Clingan to be a massive hit at Linfield.

The Northern Ireland midfielder has agreed a one-year deal with the Blues.

The 32-year-old former Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Kilmarmock midfielder was sidelined last season because of a knee injury.

He has not played since being released by Kilmarnock in May.

Blues boss Healy, who has also brought Northern Ireland keeper Roy Carroll to Windsor Park, said: "He's a footballer I've always admired, having played with him at international level and I think he's earned 39 senior caps, as well as having played for Northern Ireland at under 17, under 19 and under 21 level.

"The signing of Sammy adds to the competition levels within the squad and I'm really looking forward to working with him in the season ahead.

"The experience he will add to our squad will be very welcome and I know he can't wait for the new season to start."

The Blues are also understood to be considering making a move for another Northern Ireland international - former Derry City ace Paddy McCourt.

• Four of Glenavon's promising young players have been invited to attend the Bristol City Under 21s training camp in Belfast next week.

Joel Cooper, Bobby Burns, Rhys Marshall and Mark Sykes will attend the sessions.

And Ballinamallard United have signed 22-year-old Shane McGinty from Institute.

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