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Kearney targeting silverware after bolstering Bannsiders' attack line

Coleraine 3 Banbridge Town 0

Emmett McGuckin

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney is hopeful that his double swoop on transfer deadline day will help the club lift silverware this season.

The Bannsiders confirmed the signing of Stewart Nixon from Carrick Rangers, with Curtis Allen returning to The Showgrounds from Glentoran.

Saturday's Irish Cup defeat of Banbridge Town - which saw Aaron Canning open the scoring ahead of an Emmett McGuckin double - maintained Coleraine's interest on three fronts, with a Premiership title challenge and imminent League Cup final date also on the horizon.

"It was a busy 24 hours," said Kearney.

"We were chasing Stewart Nixon all week and you sort of primed it in to be done at 7 o'clock on Friday night.

"All of a sudden you get a phone call on Friday afternoon to say that there is a possibility that Glentoran would do the Curtis deal.

"It is important and the key thing for Curtis is that he has been out for a long time and, for me, it is the long game with him.

"Realistically, if we can still be in the mix come March or April, time he could be invaluable."

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