Transfer Deadline Day News

OUT: Portadown FC can confirm Liam McKenna has gone on loan to Knockbreda until January.  Matthew Tipton commented "Liam hasn’t really got going as we would have liked so far this season with him picking up a slight hamstring strain away from us & then going away on holiday close to the season start meant he was behind the other players in terms of fitness & sharpness. We believe him going to Knockbreda will help kick start his season & give him competitive minutes to be ready to come back to us for the run in to the end of the season."

IN: We are delighted to announce that we are bringing in Connal Morrison. Connal was most recently at AFC Bournemouth in England & comes to us highly recommended from their coaches & staff. Connal has now moved to Northern Ireland with his family so we leapt at the chance to bring him in to the club. Connal’s a left sided player who we feel will give great competition to the squad going forward once his international clearance is through.

Declan Dunne Signing Announced

Portadown Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of the Northern Ireland U-19 goalkeeper from Cliftonville on loan until January. 

Manager Matthew Tipton has said;

Delighted to announce the signing of Declan Dunne. It’s probably the worst kept secret in football that we were signing Declan but the move was held up due to interest shown in Declan from an English Premier League team last week before their transfer window closed. 

I think that fact shows how highly rated Declan is & it was why last week I was prepared to let things pan out the way they did with us signing & playing David as cover for one night whilst we waited on the English transfer window to close on Thursday at 5pm which was too late for Declan to be registered to play against Loughgall. 

Now that we finally have all the paperwork completed it’s my great pleasure to introduce him to our fans. Declan has great pedigree & is highly rated at Cliftonville. I would like to place on record my thanks to Barry Gray, Gerard Lawlor & George Walsh who have all been first class professionals throughout the whole process & without their due diligence to do the right thing we might never have got the deal done.

Out: Portadown FC can confirm that Ruadhan McKenna has left the club to join Cliftonville FC.  We wish Ruadhan every success for the future and thank him for his efforts during his time at the club. 

Club Statement On Chris McGaughey

The club can confirm that goalkeeper Chris McGaughey is to leave the club, after being offered a scholarship in America to finish his Masters Degree. We wish Chris every success for the future and in completing his degree.

Manager Matthew Tipton gave us his thoughts on this:

"I’m disappointed to be losing someone of Chris’s ability but understand this is a massive opportunity for Chris in his personal life so he goes with best wishes from myself & the staff, and hopefully on his return we will once again see him guarding the goals at Shamrock Park"

We can also confirm this evening that midfielder Jackson Holmes has joined Championship Premier Intermediate side Annagh Utd on loan. We wish Jackson well during his time with Annagh Utd and look forward to him returning to the club in the future.  Although the club has seen two players leave today, we have added Northern Ireland U16 international Gerard Storey.

First Team Pre-Season Training Begins

This week say the first team begin preparations ahead of the new season, by going through their paces in sunny Portadown in their new Adidas training kit.

‘KID FOR A QUID’.

After much consideration and consultation with various fan groups, Portadown Football Club are delighted to announce that we are introducing a brand new scheme for the upcoming season called ‘KID FOR A QUID’.

We have committed to only charging any child or young person under 16 years old the nominal price of £1 when accompanied by a paying adult.  To make life fair to all families visiting Shamrock Park, ‘KID FOR A QUID’ will not just apply to home fans but also those away fans travelling to watch their team play against Portadown.

Over the last few seasons volunteers have given a lot of time and resources making hundreds of Junior Ports passes with many of these never being used on match day. For those who are interested in a membership scheme for their child or young person ‘WE ARE PORTS’ are now offering any young person under 16 the opportunity to come on board as a non voting member.

This will be at a price of £10 per season and each young member will receive a membership card, certificate and water bottle.

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