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Johnny McMurray signs for United, Neil Lowry returns
Uploaded Friday, 10th Jun, 2016 at 15:50

BALLYMENA United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Johnny McMurray from Cliftonville, and the return of striker Neil Lowry.
After spending the past 6 months on loan at Warrenpoint Town, the 21 year old has put pen to paper. United fans may remember Johnny scoring the opening goal for Warrenpoint in our 3-1 win over the Co Down side in March 2016.
Manager David Jeffrey said of the signing "Jonathan has been on our radar for some time and Paul McAreavey also brought him to our attention. He has stood out when playing against us a big, strong, quick and technically sound player. He found his opportunities limited at Cliftonville and took the brave step out last season to get playing regular football at Warrenpoint, and it's clear to see that he flourished.
We took our time with Jonathan and discussed our vision for football here at Ballymena United. He saw this as an opportunity to accept a new challenge to step up and as with all other new signings, was committed to signing under the new wage structure here. At the AGM I said we are putting more work in now than we even did when we arrived, identifying players that will give strength, depth and competition for places. I'm absolutely delighted that Jonathan has come in as he fits the player profile we are seeking hungry, ambitious and wanting to really push himself to prove his ability on the big stage."
Neil Lowry re-joins United
22 year old striker Neil Lowry has returned to United after 3 seasons away from the club.
Neil made a total of 51 appearances in his first spell with the Sky Blues and re-joins from Austrian side BSK Buschofshofen where he scored 5 goals in 14 appearances.
David Jeffrey said of the return of Neil "Also delighted to be able to re-sign Neil Lowry to his home town club. Neil spent a footballing lifetime here before going off to pastures anew, but he's still young, has height, pace and knows where the back of the net is. He had lucrative offers from other clubs but, in a similar vein to Denver Gage, he feels he has unfinished business here and wants to come back to truly fulfil the potential that we all know he has.
I'd like to give a special mention to Bryan McLoughlin who is integral in every signing, but particularly in this case his effort put in was most noteworthy to bring Neil back home. Also thanks to our sports therapist Gordon McCartney and Dr Brian Patterson who facilitated medicals early this morning for both players - it is very important to recognise that there is a team effort attached to bringing in new players.
Finally can I just say that our work continues. We have brought in new faces and will continue to seek out those that we believe will add something to the squad, and particularly sticking to our aim that we want to see Ballymena men lining out in a Ballymena team to bring success to the Ballymena community."