Stephen Lowry pictured during his first spell at Coleraine (c) Presseye / Darren Kidd

LOWRY MAKES BANNSIDERS RETURN

Irish Cup winners Coleraine have announced the return of midfielder Stephen Lowry from Linfield.

The 32-year-old rejoins the club on a two-year contract and is the first new arrival for the Bannsiders this summer. Lowry previously enjoyed a successful spell at Coleraine between 2010 and 2014.

During the past four seasons at Linfield, he picked up a Danske Bank Premiership and Irish Cup double in 2016/2017, the midfielder has also enjoyed spells at Limavady United and Ballymena United earlier in his career.

Manager Oran Kearney told the official Coleraine website: ““We are absolutely delighted to sign Stevie,”

“He is one of the best midfielders in the league, knows the club and is local, so that ticks all the boxes.

“Stevie experiences at Linfield will stand him in good stead and we are delighted to get him back on board. We had a great relationship when he was here and this signing raises the bar.”

The news of Lowry’s arrival comes after contract extensions for Aaron Traynor and Josh Carson at the weekend. The pair enjoyed a fine first season at the Ballycastle Road, as Coleriane finished as runners-up in the Danske Bank Premiership and have been rewarded each with three year deals at the club.

Leaving Coleraine after eight seasons though is defender David Ogilby who as stepped back from senior football to join local side, Lisahally.

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