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Niall Currie targeting January signings

Ards manager Niall Currie

Ards manager Niall Currie

Ards chief Niall Currie admits he plans to be active in next month’s transfer window, with the possible inclusion of four new faces.

He has already secured the services of Linfield goalkeeper Alan Blayney on a loan basis until the end of the season, but promises there are more to come.

“We’ve have really been hurt by injuries from day one,” said Currie, whose side face Glentoran on Saturday.

“They have been all long term problems, boys out for five, six or seven weeks. We had eight unavailable for the midweek League Cup semi final against Cliftonville, including our captain James Cully, who is a massive loss. We are in a difficult position. It’s not nice sitting at the bottom off the table, but we still have time to do something about it.

“Alan Blayney is coming in next month. He will be a big help to Graham McKibbin, who is still only a baby in this league. He will learn a lot from Alan. And, hopefully, I can added a few more faces.”

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson is looking to build on last week’s battling scoreless draw with Crusaders.

“It’s important to stay on the tails of the teams above, especially at this time of the season,” said Patterson.

“We picked up a good and hard-earned point at one of the title favourites, Crusaders, so it’s vital we keep that going. There are merely eight points separating the top five teams, so there is still a long, long way to go.”

Ards Skipper James Cully is still missing due to a hamstring injury, with Glentoran’s Calum Birney out with a medial knee injury.

 

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