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Larne ready to rival Linfield for signing of Northern Ireland U21 international goalkeeper


Safe hands: Conor Mitchell is a transfer target for Larne
Safe hands: Conor Mitchell is a transfer target for Larne

By Graham Luney

Larne have joined the race to snap up goalkeeper Conor Mitchell following his release from Premier League side Burnley.

The former Northern Ireland under-21 international, who moved to Linfield in a loan deal in January, has been offered a contract by the Blues but the Inver Park side are in a position to offer better terms.

Mitchell is understood to be mulling offer his offer from Larne, leaving Linfield in danger of losing the 23-year-old.

Blues boss David Healy has allowed veteran stopper Roy Carroll to move on from the club, leaving him with Gareth Deane as their number one choice and Alex Moore as back-up.

If Mitchell, who spent the first half of last season on loan at St Johnstone, opts for Larne then Healy will need to resume his search for a stopper.

When he first brought Mitchell to Windsor Park, Healy stated: "Conor is a goalkeeper with terrific potential and he's very well thought of at Burnley.

"I've watched his progress with interest through the various underage international levels and he's certainly a goalkeeper of good pedigree."

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