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Northern Ireland midfielder Liam Donnelly ready to lead Kilmarnock for their Scottish Premiership return


Northern Ireland international Liam Donnelly has signed for Kilmarnock

Northern Ireland international Liam Donnelly has signed for Kilmarnock

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Northern Ireland international Liam Donnelly has signed for Kilmarnock

Northern Ireland midfielder Liam Donnelly has agreed to join Kilmarnock.

The 26-year-old is linking up with the newly-promoted Scottish Premiership side after leaving Motherwell, where he has spent the past four years.

Donnelly, who featured 30 times for Steelmen last season, will be reunited with his international team-mate Kyle Lafferty at Killie.

The versatile midfielder, who can also play in defence and was previously on the books of Dungannon Swifts, Fulham and Hartlepool, has been capped four times by Northern Ireland.

Kilmarnock could also be the new home for Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones as the 27-year-old looks set be sent out on loan to his old club by Wigan.

Jones left Rangers for the Latics on a three-year deal in 2021, but spent some of the last campaign north of the border with St Mirren.

Northern Ireland striker Dale Taylor says he can’t wait to make his first team debut for Nottingham Forest after agreeing a three-year deal with the Premier League new boys.

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The 18-year-old signed for Forest from Linfield in July 2020 and made his senior Northern Ireland debut in a 1–0 World Cup qualifying win against Lithuania last November.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to sign for another three years with this massive football club,” said the north Belfast man.

“I can’t wait to see what these next three years hold for me.

“This season, I will continue to work hard, try to break into the first team and hopefully get my debut.”

Former Crusaders ace Joel Thompson is set to be unveiled as a Forest player after agreeing a long term contract.

The 16-year-old will join his compatriots Taylor, Aaron Donnelly and Jamie McDonnell at the club.

Thompson, who will join up with Forest’s Under-18 academy, was only 15 when he made his Crues debut off the bench in a 2-0 defeat to Glentoran in May last year.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, look to have won the race to sign highly-rated Linfield teenager Cormac Austin.

Leeds United and Ipswich Town were also monitoring the 16-year-old’s progress but Palace have been keen to secure his signature.

And Bolton Wanderers have lodged a bid for Derry City captain Eoin Toal.

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