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Whiteside joins United

Shaun Oneill

Reporter:

Shaun Oneill

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sport@ballymenaguardian.co.uk

DEFENDER Scot Whiteside is the latest player to join Ballymena United.

The 21-year-old centre-half joins United from Derry City on a two year deal.

Whiteside progressed through the youth ranks at Glasgow Rangers and has played for Northern Ireland Under-19s.

Ballymena manager David Jeffrey has said when recruiting he likes young players with a point to prove who are keen to come to United.

In Whiteside Jeffrey says he has ticked all three boxes.

The defender says playing under Jeffrey and his management team was a big appeal - and highlighted that playing for a place in Europe is very much part of his plans.

Whiteside joins newcomers Jonny Addis, Shane McGinty, James Knowles, Reece Glendinnng, Jude Winchester, Andrew McGrory, Adam Lecky and Ryan Mayse.

On top of this Jeffrey has extended the contracts of defenders Conor Quigley., Thomas McDermott and experienced midfielder Stephen McAlorum.

Quigley and McDermott have each agreed a two year deal while 31-year-old McAlorum has been given a structured one year contract.

It will be very much a new-look United who kick off the new Premiership season away to Dungannon Swifts on Saturday, August 4.

Eight players have left - Conor McCloskey, Fra McCaffrey, Emmet Friars, Patrick Weir, Kyle Owens, Johnny Flynn, Gary Thompson and Kevin Braniff.

Ballymena United extend sympathy to President and main sponsor Norman McBurney, and his family circle, following the death of his brother, Desmond.

United will know on Wednesday morning their opponents in the first round of the BetMcLean League Cup.

The draw takes place in the Mervyn Brown Suite at the NI Football League offices at the National Stadium at 11am.

On Saturday United are away to Harland and Wolff Welders in a pre-season match (3pm). On July 14 they are away to Lisburn Distillery. On July 17 United are away to Knockbreada (7.45pm). On July 21 United are away top Carrick Rangers (3pm).

United Under-19s have a side in this year’s Foyle Cup.

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