Newry Manager Darren Mullen is pleased to confirm the signing of Philly Donnelly “This is third time I’ve tried to sign Philly but better late than never. I remember how good he was in his first spell at the club and how effective he was playing against us so to get someone of his quality in is a big boost for the club. He can play several positions and is an obvious goal threat which will be invaluable for us next season. I’ve no doubt he will do well for us over the next few years.”
Philly commented “I am delighted to sign for Newry again, I’ve come close to signing for them on a few occasions, but it feels like the right time now so it’s great to finally have that done and dusted. Newry are ready to be a Premiership club so hopefully when we all get back playing we’ll see all the Newry ultras in full force again for a big push.”
After careful consideration and discussion between players, management and committee it has been decided that Newry City AFC will regrettably withdraw from the 20/21 season Irish Cup.
This decision has been heavily influenced by the fact that our league has not been granted elite status this season. A decision to grant our league elite status would have allowed us to play our normal league fixtures and prepare for a cup fixture of this importance in a fair and proper manner, giving the competition the respect its status deserves.
We will now look forward to a resumption of competitive football next season and welcoming all football fans back to The Showgrounds.
Intent on retaining the best young talent in his squad Newry manager Darren Mullen has followed up last weeks re-signing of John McGovern with another signature that is also sure to go down well with the Newry fans, Noel Healy committing his immediate future to The Showgrounds. Delighted to have secured Healy’s signature Mullen was keen to explain his reasoning:
“Noel is one of those lads who you like to see doing well. He is probably the one player who has developed the most over the past few years and has grown into a super young player. As with any young player he has room to develop but knows he’s at a good place to do that. He has become a real fans favourite and is equally as popular in the changing rooms so I’m delighted to have him on board for at least another two years.”
As for Noel he explained to the club media team that he was only too happy to sign back:
“I am delighted to sign again for at-least another couple of years. I love playing here, I love the atmosphere about the club, the fans seem to like that I give 110% every game and I can’t wait to get back playing competitive football at The Showgrounds. Hopefully by the time we get back playing the fans will be allowed in and help us get Newry back to the Premiership.”