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Healy thrilled as Linfield pair sign new deals at Windsor Park

 

In form: Andrew Waterworth has hit 29 goals this season
In form: Andrew Waterworth has hit 29 goals this season

By Graham Luney

Andrew Waterworth and Mark Stafford have agreed new deals with Linfield.

Waterworth has signed a two-year contract extension while Stafford has signed a one-year contract extension.

Striker Waterworth has smashed in 29 goals this season and his form has convinced Blues chiefs to table fresh terms.

Ballymena United, Glenavon and newly-promoted Larne were among the clubs reportedly interested in signing the former Glentoran ace but the Crossgar man, who turns 33 tomorrow, is going nowhere.

Blues boss David Healy said: "Both have been fantastic servants of this club over several years and both have shown their commitment to and faith in this club, going forward.

"Both Mark and Andy are experienced professionals who know our club inside out and I'm really looking forward to continuing to work with them in the future."

Waterworth, who joined Linfield in May 2013 from their Big Two rivals, has made more than 260 appearances for the Blues.

Last month he scored his 150th goal for Linfield in the 5-0 league win away to Dungannon Swifts.

• Sport Ireland has suspended funding to the Football Association of Ireland amid concerns over a controversial loan.

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy last week told an Oireachtas committee his organisation had no knowledge of a 'bridging loan' made to the FAI by former chief executive John Delaney of €100k (£87k) or that the FAI was paying Delaney's rent.

The loan has since been repaid.

A statement read: "The Board of Sport Ireland has decided to suspend and withhold future funding to the FAI."

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