Glentoran Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of Chris “Cricky” Gallagher on a two year professional contract.
Cricky (19 and from Belfast) is a central midfielder who returned to Northern Ireland this summer after three seasons with Shrewsbury Town, most recently on professional terms. He had a loan spell in 2017/18 with Stourbridge FC in the South Premier Division Central. While at Stourbridge, Cricky played in the team that won the Birmingham Senior Cup Final in May. Cricky trained with Glentoran for part of the close season and played in our pre season friendly with Dundela. Cricky was a regular part of the Northern Ireland Under 19 international team last season.
Ronnie McFall: “I’m pleased to finish this summer’s business by bringing Chris in. He’s one for the future and I’m confident we’ll see him establish himself at Glentoran as the season progresses. Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman in particular are very excited about the player’s future so I look forward to seeing him continue his progress here at Glentoran.”
As with last night’s contract extension for Conor Pepper, the Glentoran Community Trust has agreed to finance Cricky’s contract. GCT Chairman Jim Welsh said: “We were approached by Richard McGuinness, our representative on the club Board, as Gary and Leeper feel strongly that Cricky will have a great future at Glentoran. On that basis we were only too happy to help on that basis and we’re delighted to see this signing go through. We feel that we’ve helped with 2 players now on a different basis. One is winning Man of the Match every week while the other is a 19 year old who’s been earmarked for a major long term contribution at the club”.
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