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Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter has secured the signings of Stephen O'Flynn from Institute and Derry City's Barry Molloy

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter has secured the signings of Stephen O'Flynn from Institute and Derry City's Barry Molloy

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter has secured the signings of Stephen O'Flynn from Institute and Derry City's Barry Molloy

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter last night swooped to sign the versatile Barry Molloy from Derry City.

The 31-year-old agreed a two-and-a-half year deal after rejecting a new contract at the Brandywell.

Coupled with the signing of Stephen O'Flynn from Institute, it's a statement of intent by the Shore Road club in terms of their Danske Bank Premiership title aspirations.

"I've been an admirer of Barry for some time," beamed Baxter. "He has been on our radar. He's experienced and can play in a number of positions.

"Barry is a quality addition to our squad. If we want to remain in title contention, it's important to strengthen. The teams in and around us in the table are all looking to beef up their squads.

"We are now coming into a crucial time of the season, where injury and suspensions kick in. But bringing in the likes of Barry will certainly be a massive boost to the football club.

"It's important that we get all his details processed to allow his international clearance to be completed. We want to have him available for the beginning of next month."

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It was Baxter's second signing of the day as he also finalised the papers to bring 31-year-old O'Flynn to Seaview. The big Cork man put pen to paper on an 18-month contract.

"I'm thrilled that the business is completed," added Baxter. "I would like to thank Institute manager Paul Kee and his club on their professional manner and the way they handled the negotiations that enabled us to complete the deal.

"They were obviously sorry to lose a player that was such a big asset to their football club, but he leaves with their best wishes.

"Stephen and Barry are two massive signings. It's also a statement of what direction we are going in."


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