Ward seals loan move to Burton on busy deadline day for NI stars
Jamie Ward's move from Nottingham Forest to Championship rivals Burton Albion headlined the moves involving Northern Irish players on transfer deadline day.
The 30-year-old forward has signed for the club on a season-long loan from Forest and links up with manager Nigel Clough, who he previously worked with at Derby County.
Burnley left-back Daniel Lafferty was another to move on a season-long loan, from Premier League club Burnley to League One side Sheffield United.
He joins Northern Ireland under-age striker Caolan Lavery at Bramall Lane after the 23-year-old Canadian-born forward moved across the city from rivals Sheffield Wednesday yesterday.
Former Cliftonville striker Joe Gormley, 26, has signed a shorter loan deal at Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone, with his parent club Peterborough eager for him to get game time after his return from a serious injury picked up shortly after his arrival at London Road.
Strabane-born midfielder Eunan O'Kane, who represents the Republic of Ireland, also secured a move having switched from Bournemouth to Leeds United on a two-year deal.
And new Oldham boss Stephen Robinson used his Northern Irish links to snap up the services of U21 international full-back Cameron Dummigan, who was on loan at the club last season from Burnley.
Locally, Harland & Wolff Welders moved yesterday to bring striker Michael McLellan back from Linfield, albeit only on a loan deal until the end of January.
Annagh United, fresh from their outstanding victory over Glentoran in the League Cup, also strengthened their squad with the signing of Portadown defender Christian Stewart.
Ballyclare Comrades were one of the busiest local sides on the final day of the transfer window as they wrapped up two late deals.
Striker Jason Johnston returns to the club from Ballymena United, while midfielder Michael Tolan makes the switch from Cliftonville.