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Glentoran bring in former Linfield defender and hope to add further signings

Glentoran have added defender Joe Crowe to their squad after he was released by Linfield.

The Sandy Rowe man arrived at the Blues in January but started just six Danske Bank Premiership matches and was released this summer, despite having two years left on his contract.

The 20-year-old was previously with Norwich City and spent time on loan at Limerick. He has been capped at U19 level with Northern Ireland and Glens boss Ronnie McFall has explained the player's early departure from Windsor Park and confirmed the club are hoping to add further new recruits.

“I’m pleased to have got Joe and we moved pretty quickly after he negotiated his release from Linfield at the end of last week," McFall told the Glentoran website.

"Joe asked to leave Linfield despite having two years on his contract because he didn’t think he’d feature enough this season and he wants to establish himself at Premiership level here. He’s a holding midfielder or centre back and the sort of player we need – confident, hardworking and he’ll bring a physical presence and aggression in an area where we need it.

"We know the areas we still need to strengthen so with Conor Pepper coming in last week and now Joe we’re definitely getting there and with a number of players we’ve been speaking to I’m confident we’ll get the rest sorted before the window closes in three weeks.”

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