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McCrudden to boost Reds' title quest

Wednesday 8th January 2020
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Cliftonville new player Michael McCrudden and Cliftonville Manager Paddy McLaughlin
Wednesday 8th January 2020 Photo by Press Eye Cliftonville new player Michael McCrudden and Cliftonville Manager Paddy McLaughlin

By Graham Luney

Danske Bank Premiership clubs are now strengthening their squads in the January transfer window with the arrival of Michael McCrudden at Cliftonville one of the biggest eye-catching deals so far.

The Premiership leaders have signed the former Institute forward from Derry City and that means he will be reunited with former boss Paddy McLaughlin, after the pair helped Stute to promotion to the top flight in 2018.

McCrudden's firepower is a welcome boost as the Reds look to net a first league title since 2014.

Crusaders midfielder Matthew Snoddy has joined Glenavon on loan until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old makes the switch to Mourneview to cover the loss of Rhys Marshall, who has joined Shamrock Rovers, and Eoin Wearen, who has moved to the USA.

Lurgan Blues manager Gary Hamilton said: "I'd like to thank Stephen Baxter and Crusaders for facilitating this loan deal. We knew we would probably be losing Rhys in January but Eoin Wearen moving to take up a coaching role in the States came out of the blue.

"With losing two quality players from midfield we needed to move quickly to bring in a quality replacement and when we heard that Matthew was available for a loan move we snapped him up.

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"It's a good move for Matthew as he will get regular game time and it helps us in an area where we needed to replace players."

Steven McCavitt has also left Glenavon and has joined Banbridge Town on a permanent deal.

Warrenpoint Town have announced the signing of Irish pair Colm Deasy and Ryan Swan for the remainder of the season.

Defender Deasy moves from Finn Harps, while Swan makes the switch from Bohemians.

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