New signings for the 'Gers
Carrick Rangers are delighted to announce the signings of three new additions as Harry Doherty, Michael McKenna and Andrew Mooney join the club, while Daniel Larmour has also re-signed for the campaign ahead.

Doherty is a goalkeeper who has agreed to join the club having last been with Finn Harps. Doherty played youth football with Cockhill Celtic, before moving on to Charlton Athletic where he played at Under-18 level and then to Brighton and Hove Albion where he played with the Under-18s, Under-21s and Under-23s. Doherty then returned home to sign for his boyhood club Cockhill Celtic, before moving on to Finn Harps in December 2016. Doherty has also represented the Republic of Ireland at both Under-17 and Under-19 level, and made an appearance in our pre-season friendly against Crewe United last evening.


Speaking on the capture of the 21-year-old, David McAlinden said, “We didn’t want to rush on bringing a goalkeeper in, so we’ve been waiting and searching every avenue for someone who we thought could make a massive difference to the football club. We feel Harry ticks all those boxes as he comes with a good background; we’ve done our research on him and we’re comfortable that he’ll come in and make a difference to us. We wanted to wait for someone that we have confidence in and we can give the opportunity of being the first choice ‘keeper and so we are delighted to get Harry on board.”


Another new addition who is re-joining the club is defender Michael McKenna. McKenna signed for former manager Gary Haveron in August 2014 as a 17-year-old, and made 17 appearances for the club. He was also part of the squad that picked up the ‘Treble’ of the Championship Title, Steel and Sons Cup and Intermediate Cup in the 2014/15 season. McKenna then moved to his hometown club Larne at the start of last season, signing under current Rangers manager David McAlinden, consolidating himself as a regular in the Larne backline. McKenna has spent pre-season on trial with the club, making a number of appearances in defence.


On McKenna’s return to the BLH Arena, David McAlinden commented, “Michael has done pre-season with us and has done very well and I think he deserves the opportunity to take the step up to the Premiership. Last year at Larne our coaching staff collectively felt he was our player of the year and so when we joined Carrick he was someone that we were always looking at. Once we knew Larne didn’t require his services our interest stepped up again and so we are delighted that he is going to be a Carrick player again.”


The third new addition of the night sees striker Andrew Mooney sign for the club. Mooney came through the youth ranks of Cliftonville and made his competitive debut for the club against Glentoran at the end of the 2014/15 season. The former Northern Ireland youth international moved on loan to Larne in January 2017 where he worked with David McAlinden, picking up a handful of goals in his short stint at the Inver Park outfit.


On the 20-year-old’s signing, David McAlinden said, “Cliftonville released Andrew at the end of his contract and we are delighted to get him on board as he’s young, enthusiastic and wants to prove himself in the Premiership. He’ll bring loads of pace to our frontline and he’s excited about getting on board and taking that opportunity that he will have here and so we’re delighted to get him on board as having worked with him before we know what he’s capable of and he will only get better with better players around him so we’re looking forward to seeing how he develops.”


Another player who has agreed terms with the club is defender Daniel Larmour. Larmour made his debut for the club against Portadown last April, while also captaining the Under 20 side throughout the 2016/17 campaign. Larmour picked up the Players’ Player of the Year award for the Under 20’s, and also captained his 5-a-side team ‘Distillery Elite’ at Neymar Jr.’s Five, representing Northern Ireland in the fast-paced tournament held in Brazil.


Having re-signed the promising youngster, McAlinden said, “Daniel is an up-and-coming young player at the club who we wanted to keep. He hasn’t been involved in pre-season as much as we would have liked due to his commitments with the Neymar Jr.’s Five but he’s someone we wanted to keep at the club in order to continue his development and progress and we’re happy that we are able to now do that.”


Welcome to the club lads and best wishes for the season ahead! #AmberArmy

updated: 26 July 2017
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