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David Jeffrey and Bryan McLoughlin extend contracts
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BALLYMENA United are delighted to confirm that David Jeffrey and Bryan McLoughlin have both agreed two-year extensions to their current deals that will take them up to the 2022/23 season.
The extension will see manager David Jeffrey become Ballymena United's longest serving manager, having been on course to move to third in the all time list at the end of the current season until matches were suspended. The duo recently took charge of their 200th game at the Showgrounds, with a win and goal scoring percentage that outpoints former Ballymena United managers.
Chairman John Taggart shared the news with the club website, "we're delighted to have extended the contracts between David, Bryan and Ballymena United. What they have achieved to date has exceeded expectations and now we can look forward to further success in the years to come. At a time where football has quite rightly taken a back seat, clubs nonetheless still must continue to meet financial obligations minus their usual sources of income. The strong financial footing that the club is currently in is in no small way attributable to the achievements of David and Bryan through their success over the last four years. Unprecedented successive top six Premiership finishes, three European ties, our first senior Trophy in nearly 30 years and our highest league position in almost 40 years - it's not hard to see why we were keen to secure the services of two men who would otherwise certainly be sought after elsewhere."
Manager David Jeffrey was also absolutely delighted to be able to reveal the news, "I'm actually a bit surprised that it became public before we were able to announce it. This has been a story in waiting, simply because given all that is going on currently there hasn't really been an appropriate time for it to be revealed. However, now it is in public it is lovely to be able to confirm we have agreed to a two-year extension and are very much delighted to do so.
This season really started where we left off last year, with just a few weeks break we were right back at it, progressing in Europe and everything that brought with it. We'll be the first to admit that after that it has been horrible - there's no point saying otherwise. I've been on record saying that player availability has been a challenge but I think the Co Antrim Shield final also summed up large parts of the season - no matter how well we played we just didn't get over the line. That has been a frustration as much as a disappointment.
Although this has been a challenging season, and too many weekends Bryan, I and the players have gone home unhappy, we also have to consider the journey we have been on the last four years. There will always be down days, but particularly at these times I have a simple saying 'look after those who look after you - loyalty is everything', and that is a two way street. We have always said that we are here to serve, and will be here and want to be here as long as the club want us. We are extremely privileged and blessed to be Sky Blue."
Bryan McLoughlin echoed David Jeffrey's sentiments, "I'm delighted that we are extending our stay. We take a significantly high level of pride in our work, and this is a great club and a place to match that. We want to represent the good people of Ballymena and do the town proud - through good times and bad we've never had as much as a thought of going anywhere else. Obviously this season has been frustrating, but it's just one down part against four great years. This extension is a clear message from the club, and to have that boost publicly just rekindles that energy to get back into winning ways. This club endeavours to be the best in a very competitive league and we are delighted the they want us to stay and continue to lead it."

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