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Feeney excited to bring Neeson to Ards

 

New chapter: Brian Neeson
New chapter: Brian Neeson

By Graham Luney

Ards have added goalkeeper Brian Neeson to their ranks.

The north Down club, who dropped into the Bluefin Sport Championship, are rebuilding under manager Warren Feeney for a swift return to the Premiership.

Neeson departed Cliftonville in May, two years on from arriving at Solitude from Carrick Rangers.

A regular starter in his first season at Solitude, he saw less game time in his second campaign following the arrival of Richard Brush.

Feeney said: "I brought Brian in because he's got considerable experience.

"I believe he's one of the best goalkeepers around, and I include the Premiership in that.

"He's a keeper who will benefit us hugely and I want a changing room full of character and leaders, and he is certainly one."

The 30-year-old former GAA star also previously played for Knockbreda and Larne before leaving Carrick to become Barry Gray's first signing at the Reds.

In his first season at the north Belfast club, he played a significant role as the Reds booked their passport to Europe by overcoming Glentoran in a thrilling Europa League play-off final.

Among the other new arrivals at Ards are Kyle Calderwood, who joins from Crusaders in a year's loan deal, William Armstrong from H&W Welders and Jerry Thompson from Portadown.

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