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Murray makes Mourneview move as Dykes swoops for duo

By Graham Luney

With 2017 now firmly behind us and the transfer window open, Danske Bank Premiership managers are starting to reshuffle their packs for the crucial second half of the campaign.

Basement boys Ballinamallard United, who lost 3-0 at home to new league leaders Crusaders yesterday, are the side in most need of fresh inspiration and boss Gavin Dykes has brought in Stephen O'Flynn and Michael Kerr on loan deals from the Crues.

Stephen Baxter's side have been linked with moves for Warrenpoint Town striker Darren Murray and Cliftonville frontman Joe Gormley and if he can add extra firepower to his ranks then their title rivals will become more nervous.

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has been quick to snap up Stephen Murray from Warrenpoint Town.

Town chairman Connaire McGreevy said: "Stevie has been a favourite of our fans as he worked hard on the pitch and was a gent off it. On behalf of the board I wish him the very best in his career and thank him for his time at Milltown."

While Murray arrives at Mourneview Park, young striker Jordan Jenkins could be in line for a loan move to assist his development.

Glentoran have confirmed that Calum Birney has signed an extension to his current contract, committing him to the club until the end of the 2020/2021 season.

Manager Gary Haveron said: "I'm very very pleased to have concluded this business so early and to have avoided any unwelcome speculation about Calum's future."

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