Belfast Telegraph

Conor Devlin after more glory as he signs new Cliftonville deal

By Conor McLaughlin

Conor Devlin says he's "excited" by what the future holds after signing a new contract with Cliftonville. The 24-year-old goalkeeper, back between the posts after missing the majority of 2015 through injury, put pen to paper on a fresh deal over the weekend and is looking forward to playing his part as manager Gerard Lyttle plots the path for progress.

"It's always good to get your future sorted out and I'm pleased we've been able to get things done and dusted," says Devlin.

"We've won quite a few trophies over the last few seasons but they're history now and all the boys are hungry to add more medals to the collection.

"The manager's attitude is exactly the same. He wants us to keep pushing forward and any player is always going to be excited about being part of that."

Devlin, a former Northern Ireland under-21 international, joined the Reds in the summer of 2012 following his release by Manchester United and ended his first season at Solitude with Danske Bank Premiership and League Cup honours to his name.

The same trophies would follow in the 2013/14 campaign - with the Glengormley man saving two penalties in the League Cup final shoot-out defeat of Crusaders - and, after lifting the Co Antrim Shield last term, injury ruled him out of a third consecutive League Cup triumph, with ex-Dundalk stopper Peter Cherrie featuring in his absence.

"We're very pleased to have agreed new terms with Conor and I know his teammates and our supporters will be thrilled to hear the news," said Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor.

"Conor has been an integral part of the success the club has enjoyed in recent years and his contribution is greatly valued by everyone associated with Cliftonville.

"News of his new contract will be warmly welcomed by our fans, who will no doubt share my belief that he can play a key role in our continued push for further honours in the coming seasons."

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