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David Healy welcomes ‘highly recommended’ Hull City duo to Linfield on loan deals

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Fresh face: Billy Chadwick has joined Linfield on loan from Hull City. Credit: Ian Cook/CameraSport/Getty Images

Fresh face: Billy Chadwick has joined Linfield on loan from Hull City. Credit: Ian Cook/CameraSport/Getty Images

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Fresh face: Billy Chadwick has joined Linfield on loan from Hull City. Credit: Ian Cook/CameraSport/Getty Images

Linfield manager David Healy has drafted two Hull City Academy products into his squad.

The two attacking players, striker Billy Chadwick and winger Ahmed Salam, have joined on loan from Grant McCann’s side.

Chadwick has signed until January, while midfielder Salam will spend the full season at Windsor Park.

Chadwick (21) has played nine times across four competitions – all from the bench – and also enjoyed a productive loan spell with National League side Halifax, netting four goals in 17 outings.

Salam (20) has featured twice as a substitute in the EFL Trophy and was named in a league match day squad on two occasions.

“They both come highly recommended and I want to thank Grant McCann and Hull City for their co-operation in this matter,” said Healy.

“Both players are really looking forward to the experience of playing with us and I’m looking forward to working with them in training.”

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Salam said: “I am very happy to get everything sorted and now looking forward to playing games and helping the lads.

"I know Linfield are a big club in the Champions League with big expectations.

"I’m ready for the challenge and hopefully I can contribute with goals and assists to help the team win trophies.”

Meanwhile, Gerard Lawlor has been appointed the Northern Ireland Football League’s (NIFL) first chief executive officer.

Lawlor, who moves up from his role as NIFL chairman and will step down as chairman of Cliftonville to facilitate the new position, will start his job in the first week of September.

And Crusaders have announced a new collaborative partnership with Belfast Met which will see a football academy begin at the north Belfast club in September next year.

The new Crusaders Football Academy is an innovative addition to Belfast Met’s existing well established Football Academy.


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