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Albert Watson returns to United
Uploaded Thursday, 31st Jan, 2019 at 19:23

BALLYMENA United Football Club are delighted to welcome Albert Watson back to the Showgrounds.
The Belfast born centre half previously spent ten seasons wearing the Sky Blue, amassing 316 appearances, scoring ten goals. Making his debut at just 16, he became Ballymena United's youngest ever club captain whilst also representing Northern Ireland at U17, U19, U20 and U23 level.
Following a spell at Linfield where he secured back to back league and Cup doubles, the 33 year old centre half went on to captain full time North America Soccer League side FC Edmonton in Canada. There he became the first player to make 100 appearances and twice featured in the leagues best XI.
After a season playing in Iceland for KR Reykjavik, he has returned to the place where his football career started.
Bryan McLoughlin, Albert Watson & David Jeffrey
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Manager David Jeffrey was very pleased to work with Watson again, "Bryan and I are delighted to have signed Albert, bringing him home so to speak. In the first instance this is a short term contract to the end of the season when both Albert and ourselves will be able to review things.
This is a set of circumstances where we all felt that it could be mutually beneficial, we have some big games coming up and in this part of the season we want to be as well equipped as possible.
When Albert became available and expresses his desire to join us, it just made common sense. This it to the end of the season but who knows where it takes us from there. He is coming from full time football in Iceland and he is certainly up to speed fitness wise - his performance stats verify that he is in very good shape and we are very pleased that he has joined us."
Albert was enthused at having another opportunity to play at the Showgrounds, "obviously with David, Bryan the club, I know the set up here inside out and we've always come back to watch games and we've been treated so well each time. To work with David again from my time at Linfield is a big attraction but it's about coming home to Ballymena United, I was here ten seasons and I still love the place and the great proper football people behind the club.
I have fond memories of playing here and playing in front of the Sky Blues and now coming back here we're sitting second in the league, in a cup final and the Irish Cup coming up this weekend, we have to believe that we can go on and win any trophy and that is why I am here."
Albert Watson will play in shirt number 32 this season.