By Gareth Fullerton
ORAN Kearney has continued his summer recruitment campaign with the signing of defender Stuart McMullan.
The Coleraine boss has bolstered the local feel to his squad with the capture of the Ballymoney native.
McMullan impressed during two friendly outings with the Bannsiders before putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.
He also scored in a 5-1 victory over Harland and Wolff Welders.
Kearney believes McMullan’s signing is another positive addition to his squad ahead of the Danske Bank Premiership season which kicks-off on Saturday.
“Stuart was a very highly-rated youth player at Ballymoney, but just as he was about to establish himself in the first team, he moved to Liverpool for university,” Kearney told the club’s official website.
“He kept playing over there and has turned out for Heswall and Prescot Cables, both clubs at a decent level in non-league football.
“He has returned home after graduating and I was keen to get a look at him to see how he would fit in.
“He has done extremely well in the two games he has played so far and is definitely someone who can continue to develop further.”
Kearney believes McMullan’s versatility is another bonus for Coleraine.
“He ticks a lot of boxes for us in that he’s a local lad, still young, versatile and very good with the ball at his feet, which is important for the style of football we’re looking to play,” he added.
“We are waiting for international clearance, which should hopefully be received before the end of the week, so Stuart can join the squad for Saturday’s match with Crusaders.
“We are now looking forward to the start of the new season.”