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Shay McCartan joins the Glens
Uploaded Monday, 2nd Aug, 2021 at 21:00

BALLYMENA United confirm that Shay McCartan has joined Glentoran. The forward, who signed for the Sky Blues last summer, heads to the Oval for an undisclosed fee.
Manager David Jeffrey commented, "we always appreciated and realised how fortunate we were to attract a player of Shay's quality and standing to our club. In many ways it suited circumstances at the time, both for him and us. A year down the line, and after a tremendous season in which he served the club very well, it was a personal change for him that led to this coming about. Shay advised his circumstances had changed and the travelling could be an issue going forward.
At the same time Glentoran were very keen to acquire Shay, and he asked to have the opportunity to speak to them. We followed due process to ensure our valuation was met first and things progressed from there.
We want to be clear that at the time that he signed a new two year contract with us it was still a deal that suited both parties, however almost immediately afterwards his circumstances changed. Whilst we would most certainly have preferred to see Shay play here for those two years, it turns out we were also a matter of weeks away from losing him at the end of the season for nothing in return. From that viewpoint we were fortunate to have agreed that deal at the time and at least benefit from a transfer fee.
We do want to say thanks to Shay for his contribution to the club, albeit for a short period, and wish him all the best for the future."
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