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Signing Kilmartin can fuel our top flight quest, Currie

 

By Graham Luney

Portadown boss Niall Currie has backed new signing Andy Kilmartin to help fire the club back to the big time. Kilmartin has moved across mid-Ulster by joining the Ports after leaving Glenavon.

The midfielder has agreed a two-year deal after rejecting a fresh offer from the Lurgan Blues and also turning down other approaches from Premiership sides.

The 34-year-old is a significant addition to the Shamrock Park ranks as the club aims for a swift return to the top flight.

Currie is thrilled to net the experienced midfielder.

"Obviously we are over the moon getting Andy to our club," said the Ports boss. "He had plenty of offers to stay in the Premiership which is no surprise at all. We are proud that Andy looked at the bigger picture with us and knows our ambitions to get this great club back where it belongs.

"When I talk about getting the right characters in, he fits that bill perfectly.

"He is a top, top pro and still a top, top player.

"He's as fit as ever and he's a leader who has been at the highest level all his career.

"We worked extremely hard to get him on board and are absolutely delighted he sees our vision. There was no need to sell the club to Andy.

"He realises how big this club once was and how much we want to get that back. It's a fantastic coup for our club. And hopefully it will now open up things for a few more of our targets."

Kilmartin's arrival follows news of the signing of experienced keeper John Connolly and former Ards and Carrick ace Ben Roy.

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