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Joseph McKinney joins United
Uploaded Tuesday, 10th Jan, 2017 at 20:28

BALLYMENA United are pleased to announce the signing of forward Joseph McKinney from Ards FC.
McKinney, who scored twice to knock the Sky Blues out of the County Antrim Shield in October, joins on a two-and-a-half-year deal that also sees Matthew Shevlin go the other way on loan.
Joe McKinney with David Jeffrey and Bryan McLoughlin
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Manager David Jeffrey was understandably pleased about the signing, "to say I am delighted to bring Joseph to the club would be an understatement. This all started back in pre-season but league rules about the number of over 21s in a squad prevented us from moving on it until now. We kept watching him, even aside from the games he played against us, and there are countless good reports from different staff about Joseph. He's played in different positions, up front, midfield and on the right wing, so he is a very very useful addition to our squad.
He is strong, his talent is unquestionable, he brings goals with his game and we are particularly delighted by the fact that, despite numerous other clubs chasing his signature, he chose Ballymena United. I want to pay particular thanks to the backroom staff here who have genuinely worked this season in making this transfer happen and thanks again to Gordon McCartney and Doctor Steven McCurdy who completed the medical this evening."
McKinney echoed the sentiments of the manager and is raring to go, "I am over the moon to finally get this sorted and conclude what I see as a great move for me. David and Bryan were a big influence in my decision to sign here and I am looking forward to working under them here at a big club. I have been looking at the squad, full of young talent, and Iím sure David will only look to strengthen it more. Nothing will surprise me here, we have an opportunity to go and win things and nothing is out of the equation with cup success and a place in Europe high on the agenda this season."
David Jeffrey revealed that the deal proved to be ideal timing for young striker Matthew Shevlin, "it's been a torrid time for Matthew with injuries and he hasn't really got going this season and we had been looking at options for him to go on loan to get regular game time. This has turned out to be an ideal opportunity for all parties to benefit, and we thank Colin Nixon for working with us on this one and they will take good care of Matthew. He is very much part of our future plans here and will still train with us one night a week at the Showgrounds."
McKinney will play number 26 and is eligible for inclusion in the squad for this weekend's fixture at home to Dungannon.
Welcome to the club!