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Aaron Burns has made the switch from Coleraine to Portadown (David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press)

Aaron Burns has made the switch from Coleraine to Portadown (David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press)

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Aaron Burns has made the switch from Coleraine to Portadown (David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press)

Irish League transfer activity continued yesterday with Aaron Burns joining Portadown and Coleraine announcing the addition of midfielder Ronan Wilson from Cliftonville.

Burns joins Matthew Tipton's newly-promoted Ports on a two-year deal after leaving Ballymena United.

"This calibre of player doesn't come around too often, we believe Aaron can add a lot of ability to the squad as well as experience and winning mentality," said Tipton.

"I'm really pleased to get Aaron on board and looking forward to seeing him in a Ports shirt."

Burns said: "Portadown are a big club and of course I played with Matthew before. It's a good fit for me and I'll be keen to help the younger players."

Former Institute ace Wilson, 21, joins the Bannsiders after one season at Solitude, where he made 21 appearances and won the County Antrim Shield.

"I'm happy to come here," he said. "I haven't played a lot of football but now I'm excited about playing for Coleraine and Oran Kearney."

Kearney said: "His age, profile and energy levels means he will be a really good acquisition for us."

Wilson arrives at the Showgrounds in the same week as goalkeeper Gareth Deane and midfielder Evan Tweed.

"The ages of 19, 20, 21 are a critical period for any young player's career and it is important to get game time," added Kearney. "He is a central midfielder by trade but he has a huge amount of versatility and it's documented that we don't have the biggest squad, so that added depth is crucial."

Meanwhile, Linfield's Champions League opponents have signed a Polish winger who impressed at the 2016 Euro finals.

Legia Warsaw announced the signing of Bartosz Kapustka from Leicester City, with the 23-year-old agreeing a two-year deal, with an option for a further year.

Belfast Telegraph