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Larne's Johnny McMurray excited to start full-time football while Crusaders trio leave Seaview

Moving on: Johnny McMurray has joined Larne
Moving on: Johnny McMurray has joined Larne

By Graham Luney

Larne's latest arrival Johnny McMurray says he's excited to be part of the growing Inver Park revolution.

Tiernan Lynch's side are preparing for life in the Danske Bank Premiership and McMurray couldn't resist the lure of a full-time contract and fresh challenge.

The 24-year-old opted to leave Ballymena United where he established himself as one of the most feared frontmen in the league.

After agreeing a two-year contract, McMurray said: "The fact that the club is full-time is a massive attraction for me, and for any player. When Tiernan, Seamus (Lynch) and Kenny (Bruce) sat down to outline where the club wanted to go, I was excited more than anything.

"I have worked Tiernan and Seamus before as well, which is a big factor for me as well. I know how they work and I'm really looking forward to playing under them again.

"It's big news what is happening here, and everyone in the Irish League wants to know what is happening at the club. There is an interest from everyone and I'm glad to be a part of it. There are already good players here, so it's not about me thinking that I'm going to walk into the team.

"It takes more than 11 players to bring success, and there is the likes of Davy McDaid and Thomas Stewart already here. I'm not looking at them thinking we are rivals, they are players I can learn from and no doubt there will be different times when each of us is needed to play."

The move marks a return to Larne for McMurray who had a six-month loan period, from then parent club Cliftonville, in 2014.

Larne have also signed former Arsenal midfielder Mark Randall and former Ballymena United defender Albert Watson.

Elsewhere, while Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter is working on strengthening his squad, Michael Carvill has asked to be released from his contract, while Rory Patterson and Mark McChrystal have also left the club.

Newry City have snapped up striker Stephen McCavitt on loan from Glenavon while Dundela have signed former Ballymena United player Eoin Kane.

Premiership new boys Carrick Rangers have brought in James Ferrin, Chris Rodgers, Lee Chapman, Danny Magill, Michael Smith and Reece Neale, while midfielder Lloyd Anderson has joined the club permanently following the conclusion of his loan spell.

Stephen McAlorum and Paddy Kelly have been appointed the new management team at Belfast Celtic.

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