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Crusaders make first move in the race to sign Carvill

By Stuart McKinley

Michael Carvill is a wanted man after deciding to end his seven-year spell as a Linfield player.

The 27-year-old announced on Monday night that he had turned down the offer of a new contract from manager Warren Feeney, sparking a chase that involves almost half the clubs in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Champions Crusaders, against whom Carvill ironically scored the last goal of his Linfield career back in April, are understood to have made an approach for the player.

The former Northern Ireland under-21 international won't be in any rush to decide upon his next move though with four others keen to snap him up.

Cliftonville, Coleraine, Glentoran and Portadown have also made their interest in Carvill known.

"It is with a heavy heart and after a lot of consideration that I have decided to leave Linfield," Carvill told the Blues website.

"I've enjoyed seven incredible years at Windsor Park and I have been extremely fortunate to be part of three double-winning teams which is something I'll certainly always cherish and never ever forget.

"As those people close to me know, playing football is my passion and not playing regularly in the past season has contributed greatly to what has definitely not been an easy decision."

Carvill's exit follows that of strikers Peter Thompson, Sammy Morrow, Jonny Tuffey and youngster Conor McMenamin.

Feeney has brought four new players to the club so far this summer, with centre-half Mark Stafford and midfielder David Kee joining from Ballinamallard United, Danny Wallace signing from Donegal Celtic and former Glenavon striker Guy Bates agreeing a two-year deal after returning from Australia.

e ARDS have signed five new faces. Keeper Ryan Brown, defenders Kyle Buckley and Mark Stewart, midfielder Emmett Templeton and striker Jordan Baker have all joined the Belfast Telegraph Championship club.

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