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Squad Restructuring
Uploaded Tuesday, 16th May, 2017 at 21:41

Mere days after securing European football in the end of season thriller against Glenavon, manager David Jeffrey has already begun to look forward to next season with some squad restructuring.
Stephen McBride, Danny Wallace, Michael Kerr, Denver Gage, Gavin Taggart and Darren Henderson will all be leaving the club, whilst Francis McCaffrey has signed a one year extension to his contract. Talks are on going with other squad members about their futures.

David had the follow to say about this evening's news,
Stephen McBride released
"Stephen is continuing his rehabilitation from surgery, and at this moment in time, he can't see himself playing again. It is sad if a career is cut short by injury, but in the short time that we have worked with Stephen we can see why he is so well respected. We wish Stephen well and have told him not to be a stranger around the Showgrounds."
Michael Kerr and Daniel Wallace end of loan deal
"Both boys have done tremendously well for us and we are pleased to have been part of their development. Daniel played something like twenty games for us, and we thank Linfield for allowing him the opportunity to come to us, whilst Michael came in at key points and we hope the experience has been as important to him as he was to us. I spoke to Stephen Baxter and he was very clear that he sees Michael as important in the future of Crusaders. Michael commented on his time at Ballymena, "it's been a pleasure to play for Ballymena, particularly under David Jeffrey and Bryan McLoughlin, and work with a great group of lads. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and have learned a lot. I wish Ballymena United, David, Bryan and all the lads the very best for next season."
Denver Gage
"We haven't offered Denver a new deal for next season. To be fair to him he worked very hard to get into shape at the start of the season and then some niggling injuries allowed others to get ahead of him in the pecking order. Denver's commitment to Ballymena United could never be in question. Although his time on the pitch was limited, his presence in the dressing room and his contribution to the squad has been exceptional. We both agreed that he needs to have regular first team football and we wish him the very best. There have already been enquiries for him and I have no doubt that Denver will have no problems in getting a team for next season."
Gavin Taggart
"Gavin is another who had a stop start season due to injuries, not just from playing football but was involved in a car accident midway through the season also. Starting the season with a suspension and then the injuries meant he only had a handful of games. There is absolutely no doubting his ability and talent, but in football your contribution is measured on the pitch and future is determined by that. Gavin has been here for a good while and so we do extend our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to him. Gavin released his thanks on twitter this evening, "Would like to thank Ballymena for the last 8 years. Wish all the players, fans and supporters all the best for next year."
Darren Henderson
"Darren has been a faithful and loyal servant to Ballymena United. He is a player with a first class attitude, despite not getting enough game time this season - but no one will forget THAT goal against Coleraine. Darren is 31 now and needs to be playing regular first team football so it is better for all concerned that he moves on now. He will have no problem finding another club as his application and contribution on and off the pitch is exemplary. Darren responded on twitter by saying, 'Just want to thank everyone at Ballymena United for making it an enjoyable 3 and a half years at the club. So many great people involved in this club from the board through to the fans. You were all fantastic to me from day on and I thank you all for that…good luck for the future lads #BUFC.'"
Francis McCaffrey
"We are delighted to re-sign Francis on a one-year contract. We know, and he knows, that we wanted more from him his season, but a couple of suspensions and some injuries prevented that. However, he showed what he could do, pitching in with some vital goals, and this opportunity allows him to show the full extent of his talent and ability next season."
Other players
"We are speaking to Neil Lowry and Eoin Kane about their futures here. Both players have spent the season overcoming injuries, in Eoin's case quite a serious one, but they are both still young and have been around the club on and off for a few years. At the same time we need to decide with them what is best for their careers. So we will take the time with them and have discussions around a new contract and see if that is in their best interests.
We will continue to speak to several other players to confirm our and their thoughts for next season. Time and logistics have meant that we are yet to speak to the likes of Allan Jenkins, as he's obviously living in Scotland, and Caolan Loughran who has been out of the country. We will be looking to follow up on all of these discussions over the coming days."