Newry City have completed the signing of five players.
Attacking midfield players Timmy Grant (32) and Stephen ‘Giggsy’ McCabe (30) have re-signed for the club from Irish Premiership outfit Warrenpoint Town.
Another former player Declan Carville (25), who plays as a striker or in midfield, has joined the club after a short spell with Amateur League side Rathfriland FC and midfielder Stephen Wylie (22) has signed from Mid Ulster League team Orchard City FC.
City Manager Darren Mullen’s younger brother Neil (30) has also re-signed for his hometown club following a spell living in Australia. Neil is a central defender who played for Newry in the Irish Premiership early on in his career and his experience will no doubt prove invaluable to the club next season.
Thrilled Manager Darren Mullen told newrycityafc.co.uk:
“We are delighted with the signing of the five players, especially so early in the summer.
“Timmy, Giggsy and Decky all return to the club and bring a wealth of experience and quality with them. Stephen Wylie is a player we have been monitoring for a few years and fits the type of profile we are looking for at the club.
“My younger brother Neil has also returned to the club after a spell living in Australia and will give us more options in defence.”
Despite the capture of these five signings to what is already a big squad, Mullen is still on the look out for new talent and is keen to use the disappointment of last season as a driving force to succeed next season.
“If we can add one or two more players to what we have then we will be a lot stronger. Last season was disappointing, but we now know what is needed to win this league and hopefully these signings will give us a better chance of doing just that. We know it’s far from easy but we will continue to look for players to help us achieve that goal.”
Newrycityafc.co.uk caught up with all five players to get their reactions to signing with the club.
Timmy Grant: “It’s great to be back at my hometown club and I can’t wait to get started……again!”
Stephen McCabe: “I’m delighted to have re-signed for Newry and hope to help the club out of this division and onto bigger and better things.”
Stephen Wylie: “It’s great to have signed for the club and I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.’
Declan Carville: “I’m delighted to have signed back for the club and I’m looking forward to the season ahead. Hopefully it can be a successful one.”
Neil Mullen: “It’s great to be signing back for the club – I can’t wait to for the season to start. I have previously played with Newry in the Premiership and hopefully I can play a part in getting them back through the ranks.”