Kearney moves to bring in left back Falconer as new squad takes shape

New signing Garth Falconer. LS44-105KM10

New signing Garth Falconer. LS44-105KM10

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Oran Kearney has strengthened his squad further ahead of the new campaign with the cpature of highly-rated full back Garth Falconer.

The left back, who can also operate in midfield, put pen to paper for the Bannsiders at the end of last weekend.

Falconer, who hails from Drumahoe, has an impressive season last time out with Championship One side Dergview.

A number of clubs were interested in snapping th former Newbuildings man up, but he decided Coleraine is the best place for him.

Bannsiders boss Kearney is delighted to have acquired the services of the defender.

“I’m very pleased to bring Garth to the club,” said Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney.

“We have been looking to strengthen at left back for a while and provide a bit of competition for the position.

“Garth ticks all the boxes for us. He’s local, he’s a good age, he has a great left foot and he likes to get forward.

“He had a great season last year catching the eye of a number of clubs, he will be a good addition to our squad.”

Falconer will be hoping to get a run out in the Bannsiders first pre-season friendly ahead of the new campaign when they travel to Mill Meadow tonight (Tuesday) to take on Moyola Park.

The Coleraine fans will also be hoping to get a glimpse of new strikers Sammy Morrow and Rodney Brown in action.

“It will be good to get back to playing again,” said Kearney.

“The players have been working very hard over the last couple of weeks so I’m sure it will be a welcome relief for them to get some game time.

“I’m sure like recent years it will be a competitive match, but for us it’s about building up to the opener against Glentoran on August 8th.

“We will have plenty of games and sessions between now and then and plenty of opportunity for the lads to hit the ground running for that opening fixture.”

The Bannsiders travel to Limavady United this coming Saturday, July 11th, to take on Paul Owens’ side before crossing the Irish Sea on July 18th as they face Ayr United at Somerset Park.

That’s all before the glamour friendly against a Rangers 11 on July 24th.

Tickets are currently on sale for the game priced at £10 and £5 for concessions.

As well as being available from The Showgrounds tickets are also available from a number of outlets around the north coast.

These include: The Rook’s Nest Armoy; Scotch House Bushmills; Seaside Savers Main Street Portrush; Top House Portstewart; Todays Local Shop Portbalintrae; McCormick’s Newsagent Harpurs Hill; Limavady Rangers Supporters’ Club; D&G Fashions Garvagh; Rangers Supporters’ Club Garvagh; Sweet Briar Coleraine.

Season tickets for the new season are on sale, with prices being retained at current levels for the fourth year in a row.

However, the good news doesn’t end there - for every season ticket purchased or renewed before Friday 17 July a ticket for the pre-season game against Rangers XI will be included free of charge! Conditions apply.