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Newry's summer signing can become a top Irish League star, says boss

Newry City 1 Glenavon 2

By Gareth McCullough

Newry City boss Darren Mullen believes new signing Stephen Teggart can be one of the stars of the season after the attacker scored his first goal for the promoted side in Friday night's narrow home defeat to Glenavon.

The 20-year-old moved to The Showgrounds after sweeping the board in the Banbridge Town awards last season and has started the first three games for Mullen's men in their first campaign in the top flight.

"I don't think Stephen realises how good he can be," said the Newry manager.

"He maybe played within himself in the first couple of games. It's just about confidence with Stephen and proving that he's well fit for this level, which I have no doubt that he is. That's the reason we went after him. I think he's a terrific young lad and he's got a big future at this level."

After starting wide on the left in a front three, the Banbridge native then moved into centre forward for the last half an hour following an injury to striker Mark McCabe on Friday night, and Mullen feels his versatility can prove key for the border men this season.

"I was delighted to see him scoring and even his all-round performance can only give him confidence going forward," he added.

"We're going to need everybody to chip in with goals this season. We probably relied a bit too much on Mark last season so we need people to step up.

"I thought he took his goal really well and led the line after it and you could see he grew in confidence. I think week by week you'll see him growing in stature and he'll become a better player for it.

"I have no doubt about Stephen's ability. I saw him as a kid of 16 or 17 years of age at Banbridge Rangers and I picked him out straight away as one we would like to get.

"We didn't get him until now, but he has all the attributes to be a top player."

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