IRISH LEAGUE: Crusaders chairman Stephen Bell delighted to land Ballymena United star David Cushley

David Cushley
David Cushley

Crusaders chairman Stephen Bell has hailed the pre-contract signing of highly-rated Ballymena United forward David Cushley.

Cushley has agreed a three-year deal and will move to Seaview when his current Showgrounds contract expires next summer.

It is another significant coup for the champions in bringing the 26-year-old to north Belfast.

Title rivals Linfield were also tracking Cushley, but the versatile forward has opted for the home of the Premiership champions.

“Getting David is a sign of intent for us as we look forward to the future at the club,” Crues chairman Bell said.

“To get his signature at this stage shows that the club does not rest in its pursuit of the best.

“The lad has a super pedigree in Irish League football and that has shown with several other clubs looking to sign him but we have won the race.”

Bell added: “David will no doubt bring another edge to our play when he starts next season.

“He is the type of quality that Crusaders look for and his finishing in front of goal along with other players will make us even more fearsome to the rest of the Premiership.”

Cushley scored 12 goals in 81 games during his first spell at Ballymena before being released in 2010. He returned to the Braid club following his release by Lisburn Distillery in the summer of 2012.