09 Jul 2020
Conor McKendry and Albert Watson

The good news for Larne fans continued this week with the announcement that both Conor McKendry and Albert Watson have agreed contract extensions with the club.

Coming hard on the heels of Josh Robinson's imminent arrival at Inver Park it signals real intent from boss Tiernan Lynch ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

McKendry, 21, joined the club after his release from Ipswich Town early last September and, after establishing himself in the first team panel, made 12 appearances (2 goals) before his season was ended with a knee injury.

Lynch was delighted to secure the former Northern Ireland youth international for another year.

"Conor had his operation earlier in the year and has worked very hard on his rehab, so we’re hopeful he will be back playing again soon," he told the official club website.

"We were just starting to see what he was capable of when the injury came, so the timing was really unfortunate for him. He is still a young player and learning all the time, so we’re glad to have him on board with us for the new season."

Meanwhile, the vastly experienced Watson put pen to paper to extend his stay after arriving in June 2019 from Ballymena United.

With 36 games to his credit last term made a major contribution towards Larne's top six finish, something Lynch readily acknowledges.

“Albert showed all of his experience and leadership skills last season and was a big part of the spine of our team,” he said.

"We are delighted to keep him at Inver Park and feel he will be a big part of what we hoping to do over the next year."