ORAN Kearney has described reports linking Stephen Carson with a return to Coleraine as “paper talk”.
Speculation continues to mount over the future of the Glentoran winger – who left Coleraine for the Oval last summer.
Kearney is preparing for the start of the new Danske Bank Premiership on August 11, but insists former Bannsiders favourite Carson is not part of his current plans at the Showgrounds.
“I don’t know where these reports have come from. I think some people are putting two and two together and getting six,” Kearney said.
“Everyone knows how highly rated Stephen is in local football, but he is a Glentoran player so it is not for me to comment on other clubs’ players.
“At the minute we are preparing for the start of the new season with the squad we have, so any talk of other players is merely paper talk.”
Meanwhile, Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson believes new signings David Cushley and Gary Thompson will make an impact this season.
The duo completed deals with the Sky Blues last week.
“They both bring a lot of energy, work rate and aggression in the way they play,” Ferguson told the Ballymena Times.
“I have already seen in our pre-season games that Gary has formed a good partnership with Allan Jenkins and Gary’s style of driving forward will be important for us.
“People say that David Cushley can be erratic but he can also score important goals. He is a potent threat in front of goal.
“As well as that, his delivery from set-pieces is excellent.”