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Warrenpoint bring in League of Ireland duo to aid survival bid

Warrenpoint have brought in four new signings to bolster their relegation battle
Warrenpoint have brought in four new signings to bolster their relegation battle

Warrenpoint Town have announced the signing of Irish pair Colm Deasy and Ryan Swan for the remainder of the season.

Defender easy moves to the Q Radio Arena from Finn Harps, while Swan makes the switch from Dublin side Bohemians.

Right-back Deasy, 23, has also had spells with Drogheda United and St Pat's Athletic, while he also had a short stint at Southampton following a successful youth career.

The defender represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-19 level before embarking on his professional career.

Finglas native Swan, 22, scored four goals for Bohs last season after making the switch to the Premier Division club from Cabinteely.

The striker was once on the books of Exeter City, however he returned to Ireland after just five months across the water.

Swan will be looked at as a potential goalscorer for Warrenpoint as the look for some firepower to help them stay in the Danske Bank Premiership.

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"I am really excited to get two top class professionals here," said Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray. "They will add a new dimension to our current squad as they have experience at top level.

"That will lift all the other players and particularly the younger members of the panel. After getting Stuart Hutchinson and Kealan Dillon over the line last week I am happier with the experience around the panel."

Hutchinson and Dillon joined last week from PSNI and Drogheda United respectively, adding further experience to a squad in need of a lift.

Former Ballinamallard midfielder Hutchinson, 28, has plenty of Premiership experience, while fellow midfielder Dillon, 25, has had spells at Derby County, Hull City and St Mirren.

Meanwhile, Crusaders midfielder Matthew Snoddy has joined Glenavon on loan until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old makes the switch to Mourneview Park to cover the loss of Rhys Marshall, who has joined League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers, and Eoin Wearen, who has moved to the USA.

“I’d like to thank Stephen Baxter and Crusaders for facilitating this loan deal. We knew we would probably be losing Rhys in January but Eoin Wearen moving to take up a coaching role in the States came out of the blue," said Lurgan Blues manager Gary Hamilton.

"With losing two quality players from midfield we needed to move quickly to bring in a quality replacement and when we heard that Matthew was available for a loan move we snapped him up.

"It’s a good move for Matthew as he will get regular game time and it helps us in an area where we needed to replace players we have lost."

Steven McCavitt has also left Glenavon and has joined Banbridge Town on a permanent deal.

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