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Warrenpoint Town announce the arrivals of Simon Kelly and Matthew Lynch

Simon Kelly
Simon Kelly
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Warrenpoint Town boss Stephen McDonnell has made his third and fourth signings of the summer by bringing in defender Simon Kelly and midfielder Matthew Lynch for the upcoming season.

Kelly, 33, joins as a player-coach after three and a half years with Glenavon, while 19-year old centre-midfielder Lynch makes the move from Linfield.

Armagh man Kelly, a veteran of both the Irish League and League of Ireland, will provide plenty of experience to the 'Point squad, coming in with 16 playing years under his belt.

The defender started his career at Dundalk before joining Ballymena United in 2006, with his performances earning him a move back to Oriel Park in the summer of 2008.

He then joined Longford Town in 2010, however his time there was limited and he left the club in the summer of the same year.

After taking a three-year break from the game, Kelly returned for a third stint at Dundalk in 2013, a decision that paid dividends when they won the League of Ireland title a year later.

A move to Lurgan to join Glenavon followed in 2015, where he became a first-team regular at the heart of the Lurgan Blues' defence under Gary Hamilton.

"I am delighted to agree terms to take Simon Kelly in as a Player/Coach," said Warrenpoint boss McDonnell. "He will offer huge experience to the group in a playing and coaching capacity.

"Simon and I have played together previously at Dundalk FC and more recently enjoyed success whilst we were the coaching staff at Quay Celtic FC. I look forward to working alongside him again."

Lynch, meanwhile, is an exciting prospect in the midfield who has had spells at Glenavon and Linfield before agreeing to make the switch to Q Radio Arena for next season.

His chances have been limited thus far, but McDonnell believes there is a lot of potential in Lynch that is waiting to be discovered.

McDonnell said: "Matty really impressed me with his technical ability on the ball. We are really excited about this signing as we feel he has huge potential to develop into a very good midfielder. He is young but is relishing the opportunity to be involved in a first team environment."

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