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Ports quick to snap up Braniff and Flynn

By Adam McKendry

Matthew Tipton has moved quickly ahead of his first transfer window as Portadown boss by making two more signings in completing a double swoop for Ballymena United duo Kevin Braniff and Johnny Flynn.

The pair become Portadown's third and fourth signings of the summer as the Championship club aim to return to the top table of Irish League football with Tipton at the helm for his first full season at Shamrock Park.

Braniff and Flynn join Darren Murray and Sean Mackle in making the switch to Portadown on two-year deals.

Braniff (35) is returning for his second stint at the club with which he won his two Northern Ireland caps.

The striker will be expected to link up with new frontman Murray in a dangerous attacking double team, while Flynn will slot into the centre of defence.

Elsewhere, Glenavon look set to make their first signing ahead of next season by bringing in Institute midfielder Niall Grace.

The playmaker was instrumental in helping Stute gain promotion to the Premiership, but the Lurgan Blues are reportedly on the verge of agreeing a deal with him.

Meanwhile, Warrenpoint have welcomed midfielder Philip Donnelly back into the squad for next season.

The 25-year-old had a horrible season with injury last year, but he'll be looking to put it behind him and will be hoping to play a big part for Stephen McDonnell's side next campaign.

Coleraine have announced that Limavady United manager Paul Owens will be joining the club as a coach for next season.

Owens, who was once a player for the Bannsiders, led Limavady to a ninth-placed finish in the Championship last season and will now assist Oran Kearney as part of his backroom staff.

And goalkeeper Richard Brush has announced his retirement from football after Ballinamallard's relegation from the Premiership.

Despite having offers from top-tier clubs, the Ferney Park favourite has opted to walk away from the game at the age of 33.

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