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Rising star Baggley pens pro deal with Fleetwood

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland U17 international Barry Baggley has joined League One side Fleetwood Town.

The teenager from west Belfast has impressed since moving from Glentoran last summer and became the youngest player to ever feature for the club when he came off the bench at Walsall back in March.

His first professional contract will keep him at Highbury until the summer of 2022.

Town also hold the option for an extra year in the midfielder's contract. Baggley has featured three times for the Cod Army in the league last season and was included in the club's summer training camp to Portugal.

"Barry is a player with enormous potential, and we are delighted to see him pledge his long-term future to the club," head coach Joey Barton said.

"He is a great kid, with an infectious personality, and he has fitted into the group brilliantly since he came into the first team last year.

"Barry knows he has a lot a work ahead of him, but he understands that he is at a right club for him with outstanding facilities, which will see him grow and develop as a player and a person."

Meanwhile, former Northern Ireland international and Portadown frontman Kevin Braniff has joined Lisburn Distillery in the Premier Intermediate League

"I enjoy the training and it's local to where I live," said Braniff.

"I've been about in my career and hopefully I can help the young lads and help them progress their careers.

"Our aim is to win the league and get promoted.

"This club shouldn't be in this league."

Former Crusaders and Ards player Michael Kerr has joined Dundela.

And Cliftonville have been on the trail of former Derry City centre-back Paddy McClean, who was released by the Candystripes.

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