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Crues hoping Murray magic can fire them to more glory

By Adam McKendry and Gareth Hanna

Crusaders swooped late on deadline day to land Warrenpoint Town striker Darren Murray.

The 26-year-old moves to Seaview on a three-and-a-half year deal to bolster their attacking options for the title run-in.

After goalscoring midfielder Aaron Burns made the switch to title rivals Coleraine, Crusaders needed to respond in kind, and the arrival of Murray brings a proven finisher to the Shore Road.

The former Cliftonville and Portadown ace has bagged 10 goals in 18 league appearances this season for Warrenpoint and will provide an excellent attacking option for Stephen Baxter.

Meanwhile, Glentoran have announced the signing of former Liverpool midfielder Alex O'Hanlon.

O'Hanlon has been capped at every age group up to Under-21 level by the Republic of Ireland and has joined the Glens on a deal until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old's five-year spell at Anfield came to an end in 2016, and he spent the 2017 League of Ireland season playing for St Patrick's Athletic.

"He got offered trials at Real Madrid," said delighted Glentoran boss Gary Haveron.

"There aren't too many players with the talent to get those kinds of offers. He has that pedigree.

"He wanted first-team opportunities (at Liverpool) and was due to join Sheffield Wednesday but deals are complicated and it fell through. He returned home to sign for St Pat's but he wasn't playing the way they wanted him to and he has moved on."

The Glens also announced the arrival of Peter McMahon from Dungannon Swifts.

There are two outgoing players at Glentoran, however, as they have sent out Jonathan Smith on loan to Carrick Rangers, while Eric Foley has also left The Oval.

Glenavon have released Adam Foley and the winger has signed for Leinster Senior League club Glebe North.

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