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Championship

SEVEN UP FOR 'STUTE

05 Oct 2020
football
© PressEye Institute manager Sean Connor
Institute manager Sean Connor has made a number of close season signings as he prepares the club for an assault on the Championship title.
 
Connor has swooped to bring in four players from Ulster Senior League side Letterkenny Rovers, as well as drafting a couple of imports and promoting a rising star from the club's second string.
 
Jonny Bonner, Rory Kelly, Rhys McDermott and Joel Gorman make up the ex-Letterkenny contingent.
 
Bonner arrives at the Brandywell with the most experience under his belt. The 29-year-old midfielder spent the second half of the 2017/18 with Crusaders after joining from Finn Harps, and had also played for Wexford earlier in his career.
 
Kelly, 29, is back for a second spell. The keeper last played for 'Stute during the 2014/15 campaign, and can include Finn Harps and Derry City amongst his former clubs.
 
McDermott, 21, also makes his return to the club after a year with Rovers. The defender was briefly at Institute at the beginning of last season, and was also previously on Derry City's books.
 
And Gorman, a 17-year-old midfielder, made the breakthrough into the first team squad at the Ulster Senior League club last season. He is the brother of Glentoran's Dale and son of Irish League legend Tony.
 
Meanwhile, Connor has cast his eyes overseas to sign Camilo Sanchez and Alonzo Clarke.
 
Colombian born forward Sanchez, 22, arrives from Sure Sports, a Maryland based club that play in the UPSL while American Clarke, also 22, was most recently with fifth tier German club SV 07 Elversberg II and, before that, played in Malta with Challenge League side San Gwann FC.
 
In addition, 19-year-old Dylan Sheerin makes the step up into the senior football following a couple of seasons spent with the U20 squad, although he did make one first team appearance last year against Limavady United in the North West Cup.