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Linfield strengthen squad by agreeing terms with defender Ethan Boyle

New Linfield signing Ethan Boyle in action for Shamrock Rovers (INPHO/Bryan Keane)
New Linfield signing Ethan Boyle in action for Shamrock Rovers (INPHO/Bryan Keane)

Defending Danske Bank Premiership champions Linfield have strengthened their squad by signing defender Ethan Boyle from Shamrock Rovers.

The 22-year-old will join the Blues on a one-and-a-half year deal when the transfer window opens on January 1 and will add further depth to the squad as they look to defend their title.

Boyle is the second player confirmed to be moving to Windsor Park in January, with former Linfield midfielder Kyle McClean returning to the team as well.

Primarily a wing-back, but also capable of filling in at centre-half and midfield, Boyle has played in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division since 2015, representing Waterford, Finn Harps and Shamrock Rovers.

The Wexford native is coming off a strong season at Tallaght Stadium where he made 16 league appearances for Rovers and helped them win the FAI Cup.

There had been talks that Boyle might be on the move to Derry City, however Linfield have swooped in and convinced him to move to the Irish League instead.

"Our recruitment and development manager Willie McKeown and I have watched Ethan on a regular basis and we believe he can make a significant contribution to the club," said Linfield manager David Healy.

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"He’s a much sought after player and I want to thank the club’s team committee for their backing in helping to bring Ethan to the club.

"I know our supporters will give Ethan a warm welcome to the club and I look forward to working with him when he joins up with us for training."

New man Boyle added: "I’m delighted to be joining Linfield. The manager and Willie McKeown have made me feel very welcome and at home here. The facilities are really impressive and I’m really looking forward to getting started when the transfer window opens in the new year.

"Linfield are a very big club on this island and I expect in the new year the team will be challenging for major silverware and I just want to contribute to what I hope will be a successful end of the season for the club."

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