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Baxter delight after signing Weir on two-year contract


Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter

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Stephen Baxter

Crusaders have announced the signing of Robbie Weir and manager Stephen Baxter can't wait to see the midfielder in action.

The Newtownabbey-born man has signed a pre-contract two-year deal with the club and will be available to play from January.

Robbie, whose father Rab played for the Crues, started his career at Larne before going to Sunderland in 2005 before progressing to York City, Tranmere Rovers, Burton Albion, Leyton Orient and Chesterfield.

The 31-year-old, who had been linked with both Coleraine and Ballymena United - joined Waterford from Chesterfield in July this year but is now back in the Irish League.

Baxter said he was thrilled to bring the former Northern Ireland Under-21 ace to Seaview.

"We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to get a player of Robbie's standing and quality to join us.

"He's 31, having played all his career across the water since leaving Larne.

"He's had a great career and for a player of that stature to come to Crusaders is just brilliant.

"He reminds me of Eamon Doherty when we brought him here.

"He's a leader, an organsier and can boss people.

"We have seen that in training and we are looking forward to seeing him perform in the second half of the season."

Weir, who turns 32 next month, was at Seaview on Saturday to watch his side defeat Dungannon Swifts 3-1.

The Crues have started the season strongly and have assembled a squad they hope will challenge for silverware and reclaim the European place they lost last year.

Belfast Telegraph

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