IRISH LEAGUE: Stephen Hughes joins up with Portadown as Linfield trio go out on loan

Stephen Hughes
Stephen Hughes

Portadown have completed the signing of Warrenpoint Town striker Stephen Hughes.

Hughes has agreed a one-year deal with the Ports following talks with Pat McGibbon.

The 29-year-old scored 23 goals in three seasons for Warrenpoint before their relegation from the Danske Bank Premiership last season.

“It is great to be joining a club like Portadown,” Hughes said.

“I spoke to Pat and said I would come down to pre-season training, and after a couple of sessions I made my mind up.

“I played under Pat at Newry and I know what he is about. There is a good squad here and everyone is looking ahead to the new season, so there is a buzz around the place.

“I am ready to work hard and hopefully score a few goals as well.”

Hughes’ arrival follows on from the signing of former Glenavon and Glentoran midfielder Niall Henderson.

Henderson has also agreed a one-year deal with the Shamrock Park club.

Meanwhile, Linfield defender Danny Wallace has joined Ballymena United on loan.

“Daniel joined the club on the strong recommendation of Paul McAreavey who knows him well from when he managed him at Donegal Celtic, and latterly he and Pat McShane brought him to Linfield,” said Ballymena boss David Jeffrey.

“He’s naturally a left back and in bringing Daniel here it strengthens the squad in that position.”

One player leaving Ballymena is Nathan Hanley who has been released from his contract to join Carrick Rangers.

“We were approached by Carrick regarding Nathan’s availability and after speaking with the player we gave Carrick permission to approach Nathan,” Jeffrey added.

“I was advised by Kieran Harding this evening that Nathan has finalised personal terms with Carrick.”

Carrick have also signed TJ Murray and Seanna Foster on loan from Linfield.