McMillen and Hogg join the 'Gers
Carrick Rangers are pleased to announce that Craig McMillen and Aaron Hogg have signed for the upcoming season.

Left-sided midfielder McMillen started out his playing days with Glenavon before joining Ards in 2006, going on to win the Steel & Sons Cup in 2008 by beating his new Club in the final!

 

The 31-year-old then spent a season-and-a-half at HW Welders before rejoining Ards in January 2012, playing under Niall Currie as he went on to win the Championship in the 2012-13 and 2015-16 seasons. In total, McMillen racked up 316 appearances for the North Down side, scoring 51 goals.

 

This will be the third time that Niall Currie has signed McMillen, having also brought him to Portadown on loan from Ards in January 2018.

 

Pleased to add McMillen to his squad, Niall Currie said, “Craig was the first signing I made as Ards manager and he’s a wonderful character who has a wonderful energy about him. He has good spatial awareness on the pitch, can get past players and will work himself to a standstill. He’s exactly the type of player that I wanted to bring to Carrick as he’s wholehearted and will be a great character in and around the changing room. I must also give Craig credit for sticking to his word and signing for us despite a late approach from a Premiership club; we’re absolutely delighted to get him.”

 

Goalkeeper Hogg started out his playing days at Crusaders, where he won the Irish Cup in the 2008-09 season, before he had a brief stint at Portadown.

 

The 30-year-old then moved to Glentoran and enjoyed further successes in the Irish Cup as he lifted the trophy in the 2012/13 and 2014/15 seasons, making 27 appearances across a four year spell.

 

Niall Currie brought Hogg to Ards at the start of the 2016/17 season, and the ‘keeper has remained there for the past two seasons, racking up 53 appearances.  

 

Having strengthened his goalkeeping options, Niall Currie commented, “Aaron was absolutely outstanding for me at Ards and he was the main reason as to why we were sitting in such a good position before I left the club. He’s another big character and he, like Craig, showed that he wanted to come on board at Carrick and as such it’s great to have someone of Aaron’s calibre at the club.”

 

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updated: 30 May 2018
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 TeamPldWDLFAPts
 Crusaders 38 28 7 3 106 3891
 Coleraine 38 26 11 1 76 3189
 Glenavon 38 19 12 7 85 5269
 Linfield 38 20 7 11 72 4667
 Cliftonville 38 20 5 13 68 4565
 Glentoran 38 14 9 15 52 5251
 Ballymena United 38 14 6 18 53 6548
 Dungannon Swifts 38 13 6 19 42 6245
 Ards 38 12 4 22 42 7440
 Warrenpoint Town 38 8 6 24 52 8630
 Carrick Rangers 38 6 5 27 31 7823
 Ballinamallard United 38 5 8 25 39 8923