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Robbie McDaid signs new two-year deal at Glentoran as Jonny Addis joins Ballymena United

By Steven Beacom

Ronnie McFall has left a parting gift for Glentoran with forward Robbie McDaid agreeing a two-year deal to stay with the club.

Former Leeds and York ace McDaid was being chased by several other Irish League sides, but has decided to pledge his future to the Glens.

The 21-year-old, whose dad John played for McFall at Glentoran in the 80s, inspired the Oval outfit to come back from 2-0 down against Cliftonville in Saturday's Europa League play-off scoring and winning a converted penalty to draw his side level at Solitude only for Reds hero Joe Gormley to net the decisive goal late on.

While McDaid is sticking with the Glens, defender Jonny Addis is on his way having agreed to join Ballymena United.

Kieran Harding, assistant boss to McFall in his time as interim manager of Glentoran, said: "Robbie has done well in his first season in the Irish League and we are glad that he has agreed to stay.

"We are pleased the deal has been sorted out for him and the club.

"Jonny Addis has signed a two year deal for Ballymena United.

"We wish him all the best and can't fault the commitment he showed under us even though he had agreed a move to Ballymena."

Had McFall and trusted number two Harding guided the Glens into Europe there would have been a big demand for them to stay on having come in following Gary Haveron's sacking in March.

Instead, Glentoran fans should learn this week who their new manager will be.

Having been rebuffed by Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree and Ards supremo Colin Nixon in the early weeks of their search, the Glens have since interviewed ex-Rangers duo Nacho Novo and Bob Malcolm, former Northern Ireland skipper Steve Lomas and IFA Elite Performance Coach Darren Murphy.

Former Manchester City and West Ham midfielder Lomas is now thought to be out of the running.

McFall is now enjoying a well earned holiday, leaving Harding to say: "Ronnie enjoyed being back in charge of Glentoran. I came in to help Ronnie and it was great to work with him again."

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