The 26-year-old, who can play as either a right-back or right-midfielder, began his career at Loughgall where he spent four seasons before joining Portadown in 2015 where he has remained for the past four years.
Carson will again be linking up with Niall Currie who he played under during his time at Shamrock Park as he becomes Rangers’ eighth signing of the transfer window alongside William Faulkner, Kyle Cherry, James Ferrin, Lloyd Anderson, Adam Gray, Mark Kelly and Caolan Loughran.
Happy to be strengthening his right-sided options, Niall Currie commented,
“I know a lot of people will raise their eyebrows when they see me bringing Mark in as he wasn't a regular under me at Portadown at times; that was simply due to the fact we played with a back four. I have watched Mark play as a wing back and as he well knows I have always seen him in that role and have seen him play outstanding doing it. It was a position we needed competition for and for me bringing Mark in almost finishes all our business which is what we wanted - everyone together right from the start of pre season. For me, Mark fits into exactly what we want and he will be a fantastic addition to our changing room too. He is a top man and I am delighted to have him again.”
Pleased to be becoming a ‘Gers player, Mark Carson said,
“I am absolutely delighted to join Carrick Rangers. Niall messaged me a few weeks ago to see what my plans were for next season and I was honest with him that I was somewhat lost and did not know what was going to come after Portadown. He met up with me, we had a good chat and from then on I was convinced that I wanted to be a Carrick player.
A couple of months ago I probably would not have expected to get the chance to play in the Premiership so it is a brilliant opportunity for me. I am familiar with this club having played against them a few times last year and know a few of the players so I am looking forward to working with Niall again and the challenge in the season ahead.”
Welcome to Carrick Rangers, Mark! #AmberArmy