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Ballymena confirm contact from Irish League club over Johnny McMurray

Ballymena United have received contact from Linfield over transfer-listed striker Johnny McMurray.

The 24-year-old was made available to other clubs last month when contract talks stalled at the Showgrounds.

Boss David Jeffrey has admitted that he hopes the club can hold on to the striker but the club took the decision 'in the best interests of the club and the player' to remove any 'smoke and mirrors' around any approaches from other clubs.

Jeffrey has now confirmed that the club have received a letter from Linfield, advising of their intentions to open talks with McMurray.

The former Cliftonville player is recognised as one of the Irish League's hottest strikers, even after injuries have hampered his progress. He started just 13 Premiership games last season and has started only five so far this term for Ballymena.

Ballymena and Linfield are currently locked in a Premiership title battle with the Braidmen top of the league, two points ahead of the Blues.

Jeffrey has also confirmed that full-back Reece Glendinning will be sidelined for several weeks after suffering a broken ankle.

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