Jamie Tomelty agrees deal with Coleraine


Coleraine boss Oran Kearney admitted he was “over the moon” after completing a deal to bring Portadown winger Jamie Tomelty to the Showgrounds.

Tomelty is expected to complete his move on Friday after agreeing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Bannsiders.

The 29-year-old former Dungannon Swifts and Linfield midfielder is expected to make his debut in the Irish Cup next week.

Kearney believes the winger will make a “big impression” at the Showgrounds.

“We have agreed terms and Jamie just has to finalise his release from Portadown now,” Kearney said.

“We are delighted to get him on board. He is technically very gifted and he is experienced in the Irish League.

“He will fit in perfectly with our style of football and he is just what we have been looking for.

“He suits Coleraine Football Club and we are over the moon that he has agreed this deal.”

Coleraine fended off a number of other Irish League clubs to secure Tomelty’s services – including derby rivals Ballymena United.

Tomelty joined Linfield from Dungannon Swifts in January 2009 before making the move to Shamrock Park in May 2011.

Twenty months on and the mercurial winger is heading to the North West to join resurgent Coleraine.

Bannsiders boss Kearney admits it is a new challenge for Tomelty – one that the player is relishing.

“Jamie had a good year last season, but this term he has had some injuries,” Kearney said.

“They haven’t been lower body injuries, but ones that have kept him out of the game for spells.

“It has been frustrating for him this season, but I know enough about Jamie from his time at Linfield to know he is a very positive addition to our squad.

“He is at a good age and is experienced, and he is a bubbly character which is good for the changing room.

“He is looking forward to it. He said Coleraine just felt right for him. He said he had a gut feeling about Coleraine, so we can’t wait to get him started.