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New arrival Dean Brown has a chance to shine at Coleraine, believes Oran Kearney


Winger Dean Brown has been handed a chance to impress at Coleraine

Winger Dean Brown has been handed a chance to impress at Coleraine

Winger Dean Brown has been handed a chance to impress at Coleraine

Coleraine have signed winger Dean Brown on a two-year deal.

The 24-year-old joins from Limavady United and has impressed on trial for the Bannsiders during recent pre-season matches.

Brown played under-age football for Foyle Harps and was also previously on the books at Derry City and Tobermore United.

Manager Oran Kearney said: “We have played Limavady quite a few times and Dean has always been a player who has caught my eye. He scored over 20 goals for Limavady last season and his rate of progress has been very good.

“He has worked extremely hard since joining us in pre-season and is hungry to do well. He is a quick learner and it’s up to him now to grab this opportunity.”

Meanwhile, former Coleraine midfielder Patrick Kelly has scored his first goal for West Ham since signing for the club.

The teenager is part of the Hammers’ Under-18 squad taking part in the 2022 Zlatý Kahan tournament taking place in the Czech Republic.

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The Portstewart man notched his first strike in their colours on Tuesday during their 6-1 win over Viitorul Cluj.

Ex-Linfield frontman Callum Marshall hit the target for Kevin Keen’s side as well.

The duo also played in the 4-0 victory over Baník Ostrava yesterday with Marshall again among the scorers as he delivered from the penalty spot.

Ballymena United have announced that Tony Kane’s testimonial match will take place against Cliftonville on August 6 at the Showgrounds (3pm).

The game would have been played last summer but was postponed due to restrictions on attendances during the pandemic.

Kane has since moved to Dundela, but will return to take on former club Cliftonville to celebrate his long service at the club.

The former Blackburn Rovers ace was signed by Roy Walker in July 2011 and went on to make 358 appearances in a career spanning 10 years with the Sky Blues.

Kane is ninth in the list of appearance-makers in the history of the club and also holds the record for the most Irish Cup matches played for the side.

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