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Glentoran sign League of Ireland winger as rebuild continues

Signed up: Thomas Byrne
Signed up: Thomas Byrne
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Glentoran continued their summer rebuild by announcing the signing of former Drogheda and St Pat's left winger Thomas Byrne.

Just 24 hours after confirming they would be signing defender Patrick McClean, The Oval outfit have swooped for another big name.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-19s star has made the switch to Northern Ireland to join the Glens, who were earlier boosted by a £1m investment from British businessman Ali Pour.

Byrne was on the books of Brighton as a youth player, before returning to his native Ireland in 2017.

During pre-season, he had featured for Glenavon, but has chosen to sign for Glentoran after playing three friendly matches as a guest.

"I'm absolutely buzzing to have signed for Glentoran. I've been travelling up and down the road with Gavin Peers and Conor Pepper and they've had nothing but good things to say about the club," said Byrne.

"All the boys here have been great helping me to settle in. Then to come out and see the stadium really brought home the size of the club.

"I just can't wait to get going and show the Glentoran supporters what I can do."

Glentoran have also signed Croatian duo, goalkeeper Marijan Antolovic and midfielder Hrvoje Plum this summer.

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