NCAFC Manager Barry Gray with new signing Ryan McNickle. Brendan Monaghan Photography

McNickle Signs at The Showgrounds

Newry City AFC are pleased to announced the signing of Ryan McNickle upon expiration of his contract at Lisburn Distillery.


The 24-year-old centre-forward from Larne began his career at his hometown club, before moving to Wellington Rec.


After a number of successful goalscoring seasons with the Ballymena Intermediate League side, he earned a move to Lisburn Distillery in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League at the beginning of the last campaign.

The goals continued to flow for the tall striker, hitting the net 19 times in all competitions under Whites Manager Barry Johnston.


First Team Manager Barry Gray said: “In every window nearly every manager wants to sign an attacking player that scores goals, having Ryan on board is a brilliant boost for us as a team. A player that has a proven track record of scoring goals and a talented prospect building the team moving forward. Ryan is exactly the type of player we wanted to attract, he’s influential, motivated, and really excited about pushing forward.

“I can’t wait to get working with Ryan on the pitch as I really feel he’ll be a top player for us this season.”

Ryan McNickle. Brendan Monaghan Photography
Ryan McNickle. Brendan Monaghan Photography


Speaking about his move to The Showgrounds, McNickle said: “It’s a really exciting opportunity for me to come into a club that I’ve been told means so much to the community of Newry.

“I’m really looking forward to pushing for promotion and getting the club back to where it should be and that’s in the Premiership.”


Ryan will wear the Number 29 jersey for the forthcoming season.




Photographs courtesy of Brendan Monaghan Photography.