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Former Coleraine star Brad Lyons set to join up with Oran Kearney at St Mirren

 

Brad Lyons
Brad Lyons

By Steven Beacom

St Mirren manager Oran Kearney is hoping to be re-united with former Coleraine midfielder Brad Lyons for the second half of the season.

Lyons left the Bannsiders in August to join English Championship side Blackburn Rovers and has proved to be a big hit at Ewood Park, shining for their Under-23 side.

Kearney is determined to recruit players to aid his side's relegation battle in the Scottish Premiership and it is understood the ex-Coleraine boss is keen to bring in Lyons on loan until the end of the current campaign.

The pair had a highly successful partnership at Coleraine with Lyons coming through the ranks under Kearney and playing an influential role in the Bannsiders going close to Irish League title success and winning the Irish Cup last season.

An intelligent young man off the field, 21-year-old Lyons has an eye for goal and likes to dominate the midfield area. Since earning his move to English football he has certainly been impressing in the Blackburn Under-23s, who are managed by former Northern Ireland hero Damien Johnson.

The question for Blackburn is whether they feel it would be better for Lyons to go and play first team football with St Mirren or continue to develop with them. A decision will be made in the next couple of weeks.

Originally Lyons joined Rovers from Coleraine on a loan deal but in January it will become permanent. Last night he scored two goals in a 4-0 win over Arsenal.

While in charge of Coleraine, Kearney often praised Lyons for his inspiration and perspiration.

On the night his move from the Showgrounds was confirmed Kearney said: "Brad made remarkable progress when he was with Coleraine and became a very important player at the club.

"When Blackburn came in for him everyone in our dressing room was delighted.

"I believe he can be a success in full-time football and it will be really interesting to see how he develops."

Lyons is not the only player with Irish League experience that Kearney is assessing with QPR winger Paul Smyth also believed to be on his radar.

Northern Ireland ace Smyth's first team opportunities at Loftus Road have been limited lately after making a big impact following his move from Linfield.

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