Released goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan determined to stay in Irish League

Released goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan
Released goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan

Goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan is ready for a fresh challenge in the Danske Bank Premiership after being released by Ballymena United.

Shanahan signed a short-term deal with the Showgrounds club in January as cover for Stuart Addis and Dwayne Nelson who both sustained season-ending injuries.

The 30-year-old featured prominently in the second half of the season, and helped the Sky Blues reach their first Irish Cup final in 25 years – only to suffer a 2-1 defeat to Glenavon.

“It is disappointing to be leaving Ballymena. I would love to have stayed at the club,” Shanahan said.

“It has nothing to do with my performances, it is basically down to finances. I can understand that.

“Now I can hopefully find a new club for next season.”

Shanahan admits his Ballymena United experience has whetted his appetite for more in the Irish League.

“When I arrived at Ballymena, I didn’t really know much about the Premiership,” he added.

“I had just heard bits and pieces from friends who had played in the league.

“I didn’t have any expectations, but I have to say I absolutely loved it. Ballymena United is a great club, and the supporters were absolutely fantastic.

“Hopefully I can get another club for next season as I would love to continue playing in the Premiership.

“If an opportunity came along I would certainly take it. I am obviously keeping my options open but I would like to keep playing in the Irish League.”