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Declan Carville signs for United
Uploaded Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 at 22:17

BALLYMENA United are delighted to announce the signing of Declan Carville. The attacking midfielder has agreed a two year deal to come to the Ballymena Showgrounds.
Carville, 29, was instrumental in Newry City's rise from intermediate football to the NIFL Premiership across four seasons, and played 31 games in the top flight this season.
Manager David Jeffrey was delighted to welcome Carville and to confirm that preparations for next season were well underway, "we are obviously absolutely delighted to confirm this news. In the games against Newry this year he was the stand out player for a number of key reasons - his ability on the ball, physical strength, vision and flexibility of position as he can play up front and in the middle of the park.
We submitted a request to speak with Declan in January, but at that stage to his credit he didn't wish to leave Newry with whom he had been on an incredible four year journey, being an integral part of their rise and promotion to the Premiership. We respected his decision and we agreed to see how things panned out and revisit at the end of the season. When that came around, we spoke to Declan again and negotiations were completed quickly and promptly.
We are well aware that other clubs were being most proactive in trying to persuade Declan his future lay elsewhere than the Ballymena Showgrounds. True to his word when we met him, he was always clear that if he was going anywhere it was here, and we are most pleased.
Tonight, having successfully completed his medical he is now a Ballymena United player."
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Carville was pleased to put pen to paper on his plans for next year, "David as manager is a massive attraction to come here - he's the most decorated manager in the league. I had a good chat with him, Bryan and Paul and was very happy with what they had to say. The expectation is that this club is to go and win a league, and there's nothing less that we can do but to set out to achieve that. I've played in the middle and upfront, but ultimately I'll play where I'm told and will do a job to the best of my ability."
The Boss was appreciative as always to the team work in the background, "Bryan and I are most appreciative once again for the leg work that goes into making these signings happen. After we identified Declan as a player we wanted, the follow up and information after watching him quite a number of times was down to Paul McAreavey. Huge thanks to him and also to physio Gary Crosbie and Dr. Steven McCurdy for coming in to complete the medical this evening."