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United add two players to squad
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BALLYMENA United are delighted to announce two new players to the squad today, although one will be more than familiar to the sky blues support.
Arriving on loan from Crusaders until the end of the season is right back Michael Kerr, 18. Also coming back to the Showgrounds is Australian goalkeeper Timothy Allen, who previously spent time with the club back in 2015.
Manager David Jeffrey was delighted with the two additions, "when we looked at the squad we could see that we had no cover at right back, and although we have played Anthony Kane in there, our preferred position for him would be in midfield. We scouted around the league and Michael came very highly recommended. He has featured in some prominent matches for Crusaders this season despite his age, and he is a young man making his way up into top flight football. This is an opportunity for him to help us out as well as Ballymena United helping him. He gives us cover and competition in that position, which also frees up an option for Jim Ervin at centre half, a position he has played with distinction on a few occasions already this season.
I'm absolutely delighted to also sign Timothy Allen initially to the end of the season. He is fondly remembered by supporters from his first spell here and the club obviously held positive memories for him as he made it known to us first that he was returning from Australia. Great credit goes to Bryan McLoughlin who made the initial approach and discussions, even before he arrived back. Timothy has been training with us and we sat down last week and looked at the options, and in the first instance he agreed to sign until the end of the season. It is important to highlight just how much of a collective effort goes into this signing with the red tape and process of international clearance and so along with Bryan, I'd like to thank Jonathan Irwin and Iain Black for their Trojan effort in processing this quickly, and to Craig Stanfield and his team at the IFA for 'out of hours' work given the time difference with Australia.
Timothy hasn't played in a number of weeks and so we will be looking to get him a couple of games to get him up to speed. Last night we had a practice match, which also involved bringing Allan Jenkins over, in order to get minutes on the pitch and prepare the squad for Saturday's match against Carrick.
We said at the very start that we wanted to create a squad that had competition for places all over the pitch and we have certainly done that in two positions today."
Timothy Allen in his previous spell at the club
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