Lowry close to joining Linfield
Linfield are closing in on the signature of Institute midfielder Philip Lowry.
Lowry had attracted attention from a host of cross channel clubs, including Leicester City, Norwich City and QPR and can now leave Drumahoe on a free transfer.
Coleraine had been talking to the starlet but the Blues are looking to strengthen their midfield options with Paul McAreavey leaving and Oran Kearney quitting the game.
There is also a question mark over Michael Gault’s future at the club.
The Northern Ireland Under-21 international, Lowry is highly rated by his boss John Gregg.
“He's young and ambitious and there's nothing wrong with that,” said Gregg.
“He has been a great servant to Institute FC.”
Stute are showing an interest in Aaron Callaghan and Michael Hegarty who were both released by Dungannon Swifts. And Coleraine are hoping to sign two Stute players — David Ogilby and Kevin Ramsey.
Cliftonville striker Mark Holland will have to sit out the first four matches of the season.
Holland served an automatic one-match ban for a red card but the IFA added an additional two games to the suspension, ruling him out the Irish Cup final.
But Holland appealed the decision and featured in the final. The IFA have now hit the player with an additional two-game ban for a “frivolous appeal”, meaning he will miss four games.