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Ivan Sproule vows to sign off by securing Ballinamallards' Premiership future

By Stuart McKinley

Ivan Sproule will retire at the end of the season because he has nothing left to achieve.

The former Northern Ireland international, however, is determined to mark his last game by helping Ballinamallard United secure a fifth successive season of top flight football.

After swapping a title challenge for a relegation battle when he joined the Mallards on loan from Linfield in January, Sproule is being driven by the knowledge of how much Premiership football means to the fans of the Fermanagh club.

"I could have stayed at Linfield, but I had to think about my priorities and how much I was going to play," said Sproule, who won 11 Northern Ireland caps.

"I knew they would challenge for the league and they have an Irish Cup final to look forward to next weekend as well. I could have been part of that, but I've no regrets.

"Retiring has been in my head for a while and it's come down to me thinking 'what's left to achieve?' It's now all about securing Premiership status and if we can do that I'll finish with a smile on my face."

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