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Watson eyes up silverware after agreeing to join ambitious Larne

 

Coming in: Larne’s latest arrival Albert Watson
Coming in: Larne’s latest arrival Albert Watson

By Steven Beacom

New Larne signing Albert Watson has joined the Inver Park revolution in a bid to win more silverware.

The 33-year-old defender, who spent the second half of last season with Ballymena United, becomes Larne's second summer signing following on from ex-Arsenal midfielder Mark Randall.

More will follow as boss Tiernan Lynch attempts to build a squad capable of competing with the big guns in the Irish Premiership.

Watson brings experience and a winning mentality to Larne. He claimed the title twice when he was at Linfield and has had full-time contracts with FC Edmonton and KR Reykjavik in Iceland.

When Watson returned home from Iceland he trained with Larne at the end of last year before moving for a second spell to Ballymena, where he had made his debut at the age of 16.

Watson said: "My time at Ballymena showed me the level of the Irish League again and reminded me of how much I had missed it.

"At Larne there's so much quality around the squad already and whatever the manager adds over the summer. It's a step up from the Championship where the club has been, but we're looking forward to the challenge."

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Larne boss Lynch was well aware when winning promotion last season that defence was an area that needed strengthening in the top flight and he is confident Watson fits the bill.

"Having Albert train with us either side of Christmas it gave us a good look his professionalism and it was superb," explained Lynch. "He'll bring us experience and leadership and maybe something that we were missing at times last season."

Meanwhile Carrick Rangers boss Niall Currie has persuaded influential right sided player Lee Chapman to stay with the newly promoted club.

Chapman said: "I'm delighted to extend my stay here. It is exciting to be back in the Premiership again with Carrick and I look forward to building on the success of last season."

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