Irish League summer market hotting up with five on the move as three clubs sign

Ballymena United, Coleraine and Carrick Rangers yesterday confirmed summer signings.

By Patrick Van Dort
Thursday, 16th June 2022, 1:30 am

Ballymena announced moves for Jordan Gibson, Jake Corbett and Evan Tweed - with Coleraine adding Dean Jarvis and Carrick Rangers securing Ross Glendinning.

Corbett is on board from Linfield, Tweed was previously at Coleraine and Gibson led the line for Carrick.

“Firstly can I say how delighted Bryan and I are that Jake has agreed to join us here,” said Ballymena boss David Jeffrey on the club website. “He’s a young man that Bryan made a point to get to Welders games to see in action and he’s an exciting young talent.

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Dean Jarvis has signed for Coleraine from Larne. Pic courtesy of David Cavan/Coleraine FC

“His potential was hampered before last season due to injuries, but now he’s ready to kick on and develop that talent further.

“We’re delighted that he’s chosen to do that here when we know there were other options open to him, but the negotiations were quick and simple and he’s just raring to go into the next episode of his career.

“Evan has been on our radar for some time, stretching back to when he was at Institute.

“When his availability came to our attention we were able to revisit it this year and Bryan went to watch him a few times.

“He’s a no-nonsense midfield player who is technically good and is looking for a new challenge.

“We met with him a few times and had good conversations about our plans and how we see him fitting into that, and he’s as delighted to be a part of it as we are to have him.

“We’ve looked at Jordan in the last three seasons, he is someone I’ve admired in terms of his ability, physicality and hard work.

“Again he is someone who saw the plan we are developing and really wants to take on the challenge and be a part of that.

“I’m very pleased with all three boys, supporters won’t realise how difficult recruitment is at these times, and so to get the players we are targeting to bring in is gratifying to see the hard work pay off.”

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney highlighted the ‘quality’ provided by Jarvis.

“When I met Dean he was quick to remind me that I met him a few years ago prior to signing for Derry City and he has went on to have a great career since then,” said Kearney. “Not only does Dean geographically suits us but he has a lot of quality as well, with a great pedigree both north and south of the border.

“He is keen to get started with us and it is a deal we had been chasing for quite a while, so we are happy to get it over the line.”

Goalkeeper Glendinning has signed a three-year deal from Glentoran with Carrick boss Stuart King.

“I am absolutely buzzing to be here; my brother Reece spoke very highly of the club and from my conversations with Stuart I felt like I was really wanted, which was one of the main reasons I chose to sign for Carrick,” said Glendinning on the official Carrick website. “I didn’t play as much as I would have liked last season at the Glens and in truth, I didn’t enjoy that aspect of it, so it’s up to me now to take my chance and nail down my place in the team.”

King told the club website: “Ross is somebody I know really well...he is an experienced goalkeeper having played in the Premiership across the last decade.”