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Mick McDermott joy as Glentoran strengthen attack with new signings

 

Darren Murray
Darren Murray

By Graham Luney

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott has made his first significant moves in the summer transfer window by bringing in Jonny Frazer and Cameron Stewart, while frontman Darren Murray has agreed new contract terms to remain with the east Belfast side.

Murray's finishing prowess helped catapult the Glens into the Europa League play-off final against Cliftonville but it was the Reds who landed the prize worth around £200,000.

The former Portadown striker had many admirers in the Danske Bank Premiership, however the Glens were determined to hold onto their dangerman.

The club's attacking options have also been bolstered by the acquisitions of Frazer and Stewart, who have agreed pre-contract deals and will be registered as Glentoran players when the transfer window opens on Sunday.

Former Linfield player Frazer (23) was with Ards last season before leaving for Australia, while 22-year-old Stewart joins from the Blues but spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at Glenavon, where he worked with Paul Millar, who is now a coach at the Glens.

McDermott said: "I'm delighted that Darren has agreed terms. There has been a lot of interest in him from other clubs, but he's been clear from very early on that he had no interest at all in going anywhere else.

"Jonny and Cameron are both young players who will play a positive part in our climb. Jonny has a pace and directness that we need so he'll give us an option we've lacked, and he's proved he will be an attacking threat against any team.

"Cameron is just 22 but is a very strong prospect and his versatility will also be an asset to us."

Lukasz Gwiazda has left Glentoran and rejoined Harland & Wolff Welders, while Peter McMahon has also been released.

Meanwhile, Larne may have to fight off competition from Glenavon for the signature of former Ballymena United striker Jonathan McMurray.

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