Author: Laura Hillen

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NCAFC Manager Barry Gray with new signing Gavin Smith

Smith Signs at The Showgrounds

Newry City AFC are pleased to announce the signing of Gavin Smith.

 

The 24-year-old from Dundalk, who can operate at the back and in midfield, arrives at The Showgrounds following a successful spell with Glebe North in the Leinster Senior League, culminating in winning the FAI Intermediate Cup in April of this year.

He also had spells at Warrenpoint Town and Dundalk earlier in his career.

 

“It’s fantastic to get Gavin over the line. He’s a central defender I have experience working with before, albeit briefly,” said First Team Manager Barry Gray

“Gavin will bring presence and defensive strength to the panel. He spent the last season playing every week in a very competitive league and was a standout player. He’s driven and can’t wait to kick the season off soon.”

 

“I’m delighted to sign for Newry,” adds Gavin.

“I want to cement my place in the team firstly and hopefully be able to contribute to getting us back to up to where Newry deserve to be – in the Premiership.

“I’ve played with a few of the boys, either at Warrenpoint or other clubs, so it makes it easier to come in to the changing room. I’m looking forward to getting out onto the pitch, getting to know the rest of the lads and kick on from there.

 

Gavin will wear the number 5 jersey this season.

McStay Signs at The Showgrounds

Newry City AFC are pleased to announce the signing of Goalkeeper Oisin McStay upon expiration of his registration at Warrenpoint Town.

The 18-year-old from Burren has come through the Youth Academy at Warrenpoint, going on to making his debut last season in a 1-1 draw with Coagh United in the Premier Intermediate League.  

He made five appearances in his first year of Senior football.

First Team Manager Barry Gray says the signing of the highly-rated McStay is an exciting – and important one – following the retirement at the end of fan favourite Steven Maguire at the end of last season.  

After Stevie’s retirement at the end of last season, getting another keeper on board was a massive priority,” said Gray.

Oisin fits the bill perfectly for me. He’s a super young talent that is hungry to establish himself in senior football. We have spoken in-depth about what the next steps look like for him and we both feel excited about what’s ahead.

I look forward to getting onto the training pitch with him and starting work very soon.

 

For McStay himself, having already worked with a number of the current Newry squad, he can’t wait to get started.

I’m buzzing to be signing for such a big club like Newry, with a big following behind it,” he said.

My main aim is to get the back to where it belongs, in the Premiership. Any opportunity I’m given to play, Ill be leaving everything out on the pitch and hopefully that will be enough to pick up points.

 

Oisin will wear the number 21 jersey for the 2024/25 season.

McCart Signs at The Showgrounds

Newry City AFC are pleased to announce the signing of Odhran McCart upon expiration of his contract with Larne.

 

The 19-year-old centre-back arrives from Inver Park, following a successful loan spell with Ards in the second half of the 2023/24 season.

 

Having previously come through the Larne Youth Academy, Odhran has also captained Northern Ireland Under-18s in the Centenary Shield last year.

 

First Team Manager Barry Gray is pleased to have secured the signing of the promising young defender for the forthcoming campaign. 

 

It’s great to get Odhran on board. He’s a young central defender who likes to play with the ball at his feet,” said Gray.

Odhran has good pedigree and is a welcome addition to our defensive set up. I look forward to working with him in the season ahead.”

 

Odhran’s looking forward to getting started in the blue and white stripes.

 

“I’m delighted to get everything signed and confirmed with Newry,” he said.

 

I had a lot of options in the Championship, but after speaking to Barry I knew straight away his plans this year were something I wanted to be a part of.

“I’m now just looking forward to playing in front of the fans at The Showgrounds.”

 

Odhran will wear the Number 27 jersey for the club for the 2024/25 season.

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.

First Signing of the Summer Window

Newry City AFC are pleased to announce the signing of Seanna Foster upon expiration of his contract with Cliftonville.

 

The 27-year-old, who can operate on the right side of defence or in midfield, arrives at The Showgrounds following five years at Solitude.

 

Belfast native Foster has spent the last two seasons on loan with Bangor, having previously played for Warrenpoint Town, Carrick Rangers and Linfield and beginning his footballing journey at Sheffield Wednesday.

 

First Team Manager Barry Gray said: “I’m delighted to get Seanna on board for the coming season,” said First Team Manager Barry Gray.

“He’s a very experienced player that I know very well from his days at Cliftonville and Warrenpoint. He also comes with valuable Championship experience, following his recent loan spells at Bangor.

“That will no doubt be important for us in the coming months as we bed into life in the Championship.”

 

On joining the club, Foster said: ‘I’m delighted to sign for Newry City.

“I look forward to the challenge that lies ahead as there is a great squad of players and coaching staff here to help the club get back to where they belong, into the Premiership.”

 

Seanna will wear the Number 12 jersey for the club for the 2024/25 season.