Glentoran have announced another signing from outside the Irish League.
The East Belfast club have already brought exciting midfielder Conor Pepper, John Herron and Sam Byrne into the Danske Bank Premiership this summer and they’ve now been followed by Chris Gallagher, who is being tipped for long-term success at the Oval.
So who is he?
Home city: Belfast
Previous clubs: Linfield, Shrewsbury Town, Stalybridge Celtic (loan), Stourbridge (loan)
Linfield? Yes, Gallagher played for the club’s underage sides before earning the switch to Shrewsbury back in 2015. He even won Player of the Season for his team before he left the Blues.
Has he got trophy-winning experience? Funny you should ask – he does. Gallagher was part of the Stourbridge team that won the Birmingham Senior Cup back in May.
Massive thank you @StourbridgeFC for giving me the opportunity to gain experience of mens footballūüĎäūüŹľVery good to finish my loan with a trophy and create a bit of history!ūüŹÜ
Wish the club and everyone connected with it all the best for the future! #Glassboys ūüĒī pic.twitter.com/IfpepiyumI
‚ÄĒ Cricky Gallagher (@GallagherCricky) May 9, 2018
Has he ever played for Northern Ireland? He’s featured in the U17 side and has four caps for the U19 international team.
So why’s he back home? Well that’s life for young players trying to break into full-time football in England. He was given a professional contract by Shrewsbury last summer but these things can all change very quickly. He didn’t make a first-team appearance for the League One side.
How has the Glentoran move come about? He was training with the Glens and featured in pre-season matches. As with Conor Pepper’s new contract, the Glentoran Community Trust are funding Gallagher’s deal.
What has Ronnie McFall said? The manager told the club website: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm pleased to finish this summer‚Äôs business by bringing Chris in. He‚Äôs one for the future and I‚Äôm confident we‚Äôll see him establish himself at Glentoran as the season progresses. Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman in particular are very excited about the player‚Äôs future so I look forward to seeing him continue his progress here at Glentoran.‚ÄĚ
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