Ferguson keen to keep hold of Cushley

David Cushley's future at Ballymena has yet to be clarified. Picture: Press Eye.
David Cushley's future at Ballymena has yet to be clarified. Picture: Press Eye.

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson will this week make another bid to retain the services of star man David Cushley.

The winger is out off contract at the end of the season and has so far stalled on agreeing a new deal.

Linfield have been an admirer of the player for some time and it is understood that Crusaders could also join the queue.

Cushley has made over 200 in the Sky Blue shirt, but with transfer speculation mounting, he may well be on his way.

However, he’ll be in the team that goes head to head with Warrenpoint Town at the Warden Street Showgrounds tomorrow.

A United victory would push Barry Gray’s men closer to the relegation trap door.

“It’s a players’ market,” said Ferguson. “I’ll speak to David again this week to see if their is any possibility of him extending his stay.

“We need to know one way or the other. I’ll sit down with our Board and hopefully we can offer David a deal.

“He likes it at Ballymena... and we think highly of him.

“I’m hoping he’ll be here until the end of the season, irrespective of his long term plans.”

Ferguson doesn’t want a repeat of last week’s performance when his team found themselves three goals down after half an hour.

“It was unacceptable,” he said. “We need to be switched on form the start against Warrenpoint, who are fighting for their lives.”