Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson hails arrival of Anthony Elding

Anthony Elding
Anthony Elding

Whitey Anderson has hailed the marquee signing of Anthony Elding as a “massive boost” for Ballinamallard United.

The former Grimsby Town and Leeds United striker has signed a one-year deal with the Ferney Park club with the option of another year.

Elding was most recently with League of Ireland outfit Cork City, and helped Sligo Rovers lift the FAI Cup last year.

“I would say Anthony is the biggest signing in Ballinamallard’s history,” Anderson said.

“When you consider his pedigree, and the experience he has, he brings so much to the table.

“It’s no secret we lacked a goalscorer last season, and hopefully Anthony will change all that.

“He is only 32 years old so he still has a lot to offer. It has just worked out well for us that he came back to Sligo from Cork with his family, and this move suits the player and Ballinamallard.”

Anderson admitted the Mallards worked overtime to secure the signature of Elding.

“I was away on a wee break there in Spain, and my phone never stopped the whole time,” he laughed.

“We kept everything under wraps and nobody really knew about it. We were desperate to get Anthony signed, and thankfully everything has worked out for us.”

Meanwhile, Glenavon have confirmed that striker Guy Bates has signed a new deal with the club.

Bates – who was reportedly on the radar of Linfield – has agreed a two-year contract extension.