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Shay McCartan extends contract
Uploaded Thursday, 8th Apr, 2021 at 20:45

Ballymena United are absolutely delighted to announce that Shay McCartan has signed a two year extension to his contract.
The 26-year-old Northern Ireland international, who scored his twelfth goal of the season in the 2-2 comeback against Glentoran, agreed terms this evening to commit to the club until 2023.
Manager David Jeffrey couldn't hide his delight with the news, "obviously when we first brought Shay to the club we were absolutely delighted. With no poor reflection on the club, it was a signing that we could never have expected but the reality was it worked for Shay in that being part time was actually in our favour. It was a big statement of faith for Shay and for us, and by his own admission it took him a few games to get match sharp and used to the league but his application and commitment to the club has been fantastic and that is clear for all to see. The wonderful thing about this young man aside from his talent is his humility - not only is he a special player but he goes about his business in a quiet manner and works his socks off to a ridiculous degree.
In playing to the consistent level that he has we knew there would be a number of clubs seeking to speak to him, and we actively encouraged him to take stock of his situation and make the decision that was best for him. Having gone through that process, it's very simple, he has agreed to sign for a further two years at Ballymena United. It would be inappropriate to talk about the clubs that were interested in Shay and the other offers put to him, but to say I'm ecstatic that he chose to stay is an understatement. I'm so pleased for the supporters, the club and for the rest of the players as he is well regarded in our squad. A consummate professional and we are blessed that we having his talent here for the next two years."
McCartan expired his pleasure to be able to commit and looked forward to the next couple of seasons "I'm delighted to get it sorted. I didn't want it to drag out and not know what's happening year on year. As David has said there were other offers that came in but none of them suited compared to Ballymena United, and I've moved before in the past at a time that I've been enjoying my football and went on to maybe regret it and it's true to say that I've been really enjoying it here. It's a brilliant club, David and the staff have treated me really well, there's a great squad and we all believe there is something that can really happen here. I wouldn't have signed if I didn't think there was a good chance to win things. This season has been a little hit and miss sometimes but when you look at the players who are missing, in reality a full starting eleven has been out, so when you look at us as a full strength team there's no reason we can't go on to do something special.
McCartan was looking forward to being able to experience the Sky Blues in full flow, "I've never actually played an Irish League game in-front of a full set of supporters and it's something that you miss with no fans. Playing behind closed doors has become a bit of a normality for this season but it's not what you want to do. The two years lets me show that I'm committed to the supporters and the club, and means I can concentrate on my football here without being in the same situation next year. I've had offers to go back to full time football, but I know my own body and the training and matches here suit both myself and the club, and so I look forwarding to keeping that going now. Working under David and Bryan they are honest with me, they know how to get the best out of me. They are special people and I'm really grateful for them looking after me and I'm grateful for the opportunity they have given me now. It's been a good season and I'm hoping to carry that on now."
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