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Crusaders sign Republic of Ireland U21 striker

Crusaders have signed Republic of Ireland Under 21 striker Ronan Hale.

The 20-year-old has penned a 2.5 year deal at Seaview, joining from Birmingham City.

He spent the 2018 season on loan at Derry City, scoring seven league of Ireland goals in 31 appearances. He played four games for RoI's U21 side in 2018, scoring against Israel.

Hale joins brother Rory, who was named man of the match on his debut last Saturday as Crusaders beat Glentoran 4-1 to reach the sixth round of the Irish Cup.

Ronan is back for his second spell at the Crues, having first joined from Cliftonville as a teenager before moving to England.

The brothers are continuing historic family links with the north Belfast club. Their grandfather Danny scored 143 goals for Crusaders during the 1960s, including a 55-goal haul in the 65/66 season.

Ronan is the third member of the 2018 Derry City team to sign with the Crues, joining Rory and goalkeeper Gerard Doherty.

Crusaders are currently three points off the top of the Danske Bank Premiership table but have played a game more than top two Linfield and Ballymena United.

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