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Jamie McGonigle is relishing Crusaders challenge

On move: Jamie McGonigle
On move: Jamie McGonigle

By Graham Luney

Jamie McGonigle is hoping the goals will start flowing again following his big move to Crusaders.

The switch appeared in doubt when the clubs couldn't come to an agreement but the move went through when Coleraine recognised the striker's desire for a new challenge.

McGonigle said: "I am very glad to be here. It has been going on a while but died and suddenly picked up again but I am just glad it's done and I just want to get in and get started.

"The lads all seem to be a good bunch and I am here to score goals and that's what I have done in the past and now hopefully in the future."

Crues boss Stephen Baxter said he was thrilled to hand McGonigle a three-year deal.

"We are delighted to get Jamie on board," he told the club's website.

"It has been a long drawn out process but we are glad we got it over the line. He is a player with huge potential, a young player who just loves scoring goals.

"He is 23 years old and is the type of player that you hope could bring something to this club for many years.

"He has been an Irish League player now for a few years and is a Northern Ireland Under 21 also and has scored a lot of goals. When players of that calibre choose to come to Crusaders it makes me feel good."

• The 2019/20 edition of the Malcolm Brodie NI Soccer Yearbook is hitting the shelves this weekend to mark the start of the local football season.

The 'football encyclopedia' is available priced at £2.95.

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