25 Jul 2020
© Brian Little/INPHO Ryan O'Reilly becomes Cliftonville's first signing of the summer
Cliftonville boss Paddy McLaughlin has made his first signing of the summer to bring Ryan O'Reilly to the Reds from Ballinamallard United.
The 25-year-old central defender arrives from Ferney Park following 32 appearances (1 goal) for the Mallards last season, and links up with former team-mates Ryan Curran and Richard Brush.
The Cavan native, who can count Stoke City amongst his former clubs, is looking forward to continuing his career at Solitude.
“It’s been a frustrating time for everybody in football over the last few months but it’s good to see things starting to settle down and I’m very pleased to have signed for such a big Club,” he told the official club website.
"There’s a great bunch of players already here and a very good defence but I’m hoping I can come in and add to that and hopefully help us all improve even more.
"When Paddy (McLaughlin) and a Club like Cliftonville comes in for you, you don’t need it to be sold to you. I already know who Cliftonville are and what they’re about and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it."