The centre-half joined the ‘Gers on loan from Ballymena United a year ago and enjoyed a fine season at the Loughshore Hotel Arena as he made 33 appearances and found the net ten times.
The 24-year-old picked up a number of personal accolades throughout the campaign as he collected the Spirit of ‘76 SC Player of the Month award for October, February and March as well as being named the Bluefin Sport Championship Player of the Month for February, and ultimately was included in the Bluefin Sport Championship Team of the Year.
Loughran will now join the club permanently following the conclusion of his contract at the Ballymena Showgrounds as he will link up with his teammates in the Danske Bank Premiership.
Happy to confirm the defender’s commitment to the club, Niall Currie commented,
“I am delighted that the big man has decided to stay with us. Loyalty is pretty much unheard of in these times, but Caolan has shown that enjoying your football is sometimes the most important thing. He has grown with this squad and has been, as they say, one of the main men - that’s what he should want. By staying here he has turned down offers which would have given him European football; he has stayed loyal and remembered where he was when we signed him. He is a young man with everything ahead of him and he will only get better so I am over the moon that he has decided that he will do that with us. Credit must also go to our Chairman, Peter Clarke, who has played an integral part alongside myself in persuading Caolan that this is the place for him.”
Also pleased to be returning to Taylors Avenue, Caolan Loughran said,
“I am delighted to have signed for Carrick Rangers. The club gave me a great platform to show my ability on the pitch last season as we achieved promotion to the Premiership and I was selected in the Team of the Year. It was a great campaign and now it is time to kick on and improve again on last season. I am looking forward to getting started again in the new season at a club which has great people throughout it, which made this decision that little bit easier. #BigPogs”
Welcome back once again, Caolan! #AmberArmy