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Spike signs on for more Sky Blues battles


Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson

Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson

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Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson

Glenn Ferguson has agreed a one-year extension to his contract as Ballymena United boss.

The Linfield legend wanted reassurances from the United board that their ambition and hunger for success matched his and now this new deal keeps him in charge at the Showgrounds until the end of the 2016-17 season.

Since accepting the post in December 2011, Ferguson has guided the Sky Blues to County Antrim Shield success though there has been final heartbreak in the Irish Cup and League Cup.

Last season's Irish Cup semi-final loss to Portadown at The Oval was a bitter pill to swallow but the United board believe Spike is the man to guide them into the top six and challenge for more silverware.

United have also announced the signings of Nathan Hanley, who returns to the club from Crusaders, and William Faulkner, who joins from Ards.

Hanley has agreed a one-year deal while Faulkner has signed a one-year contract, with an option to extend it for another year.

Ferguson said: "We've seen plenty of these two players over the past few years and they've always impressed. We're pleased to have captured their signatures and look forward to seeing both in Sky Blue."

Meanwhile, Oran Kearney believes Rodney Brown will seize the chance to showcase his talent at Coleraine.

The Bannsiders have handed the former Linfield striker a two-year deal and he will wear the number 11 jersey.

"I'm really excited by this signing," said former Linfield favourite Kearney.

"Goals were a big issue last season and I've no doubt Rodney will make a dent in our goals for column.

"He's at the stage now were he wants to be playing regularly and he was impressed with how our young players have been given a chance."

Belfast Telegraph