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Doherty on mission to help the Reds roar

 

New challenge: Ronan Doherty
New challenge: Ronan Doherty

By Graham Luney

Ronan Doherty says he hopes to play a big part in the Cliftonville revival under boss Paddy McLaughlin.

The 23-year-old midfielder arrives at Solitude from Institute where he continued his development under McLaughlin.

"It's great to be joining such a big club where there are so many quality players and hopefully I can come in and play a big part," he said.

Meanwhile, Linfield have declined to comment after Ballymena United claimed that striker Matthew Shevlin will be joining the champions 'as an amateur player'. The Sky Blues have published a 'supporters update' to inform fans that the 20-year-old forward is expected to join the Blues but that a 'compensation fee' of around £6k will not be forthcoming.

That's because such a development payment is only due if a player signs a professional deal at another club.

If Shevlin was to join Linfield on amateur terms, as Ballymena claim, such a fee would not be paid under Fifa and Irish FA regulations. 

Elsewhere, Coleraine defender Mark Edgar has joined Portstewart and Dungannon Swifts have signed attacker Craig Taylor from Annagh United.

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Former Glentoran and Crusaders striker David Rainey, who was released by H&W Welders, looks set to prolong his career at the age of 43.

Rainey's old Crusaders team-mate and Shankill United boss Gareth McKeown has invited him to join the Amateur League side while a player-manager role at Albert Foundry could also arise.

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