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Conor Brennan joins the Sky Blues
Uploaded Thursday, 27th Jul, 2017 at 20:05

BALLYMENA United are delighted to announce the signing of former Northern Ireland U21 goalkeeper Conor Brennan on a one-year deal.
The 23-year-old has spent most of his career in Scotland, having last played for Raith Rovers, following spells with Stranraer and Kilmarnock. Prior to this he had moved across to England as a youth player having gained a two-year scholarship and subsequent year's professional contract with Leicester City.
Conor Brennan signs a deal in front of Alan Simpson, Bryan McLoughlin and David Jeffrey
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Manager David Jeffrey talked of his delight at signing Brennan, "They say the Canadian Mounties always get their man, and this is a case and point of that. Conor has been on our radar for over 12 months, during which time we were marking his progress. Everyone knows that we base everything here on competition - two players vying for one position across the pitch. We have excellent prospects in Ben McCauley and Thomas Hegan, but we needed someone with senior experience to come in to compete. In no way do we look at having a first and second choice keeper, we have two number 1's vying for a starting place each Saturday.
"Thanks goes to Alan Simpson who brought Conor to our attention and Joe McCall who knew him from a younger age and contact was made through him. Also to Dr Patterson who completed the medical. Once again the vast bulk of the work was completed by Bryan McLoughlin. Much patience was needed, and we wanted to make sure that Conor was confident that it was the right move for him.
He is ambitious and wants to strive to be at a higher level. Here we will work to improve his talent, his ability and ensure that he is the best that he can be for us. He brings with him experience of playing in England and Scotland, and there were several other clubs showing a great interest in him, but despite other options he felt this was best place for him at this point. That commitment to the club is most welcomed by myself and Bryan."
Brennan spoke positively about his return to Northern Ireland and signing for the Sky Blues, "when I spoke to staff at Ballymena United it was clear to see the ambition, the plans for moving forward and exactly how they want to do that. So for me it was a quick decision to join a good club moving in the right direction.
Looking forward to this season, as with all players in the squad, all I want to do is play football. It is easy to see that David has created competition for places all over the pitch - that can only be good for the team and will help us improve. I've worked with Ross Glendinning before and we know we will push each other on to perform at our best with the aim of taking the club to a higher finish than last season."
Brennan's arrival follows confirmation of the departure of Tim Allen, whose substitute appearance in the Europa League proved to be his final for the club, as David Jeffrey explained, "the situation was very fluid. We always knew that in the longer term Tim wanted to make moves to full time football, and so when he signed in January we didn't know if he was going to stay half a season, another year or longer. We did live in the hope that he would remain here longer, however, he came to a decision to make himself available for other clubs and we felt it would be most wrong for us to hold him to the terms of his contract. He was excellent for us in our time of need and under no circumstance would be ever want to stand in the way of where he sees his future career path leading."