Darren Murray sealed a late move to Crusaders on deadline day (c) Stephen Hamilton / Presseye


It was a frantic deadline day for Danske Bank Premiership clubs as the January transfer window closed, we look back at yesterday's deals.

Arguably the biggest deal of the day came late on as Warrenpoint Town striker Darren Murray joined title chasing Crusaders on a three and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee. Murray had scored 10 goals in 18 Premiership games for Warrenpoint Town since his move to Milltown in the summer past.

Glentoran were the busiest club with two in and two out on deadline day, they recruited former Liverpool Under-23 player Alex O'Hanlon from St. Patrick’s Athletic and Dungannon Swifts winger Peter McMahon – the latter had scored in the semi-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup only 24 hours earlier for the Swifts as they defeated Crusaders.

Leaving the Oval were two players bound for other Danske Bank Premiership clubs – Eric Foley joining Glenavon permanently and Jonathan Smith signing for Carrick Rangers on loan for the rest of the season. Eric Foley will be replacing namesake Adam Foley at Mourneview Park, as Adam secured his release from the club to return to the Leinster Senior League, with Glebe North.

Cross-city rivals Linfield weren’t done either in what has been a busy January – with the finalisation of a deal for Joe Crowe from Norwich City. The 19-year-old joins his local club having spent part of the League of Ireland season with Limerick last year.

Ards confirmed the arrival of teenager Marc McKenna from Chesterfield who comes in as long serving midfielder Craig McMillen’s loan deal with Portadown was confirmed by the County Down club.