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Premiership

FRIEL REUNITES WITH KEARNEY AT COLERAINE

05 Jun 2021
football
© Coleraine FC Cathair Friel makes his return to the Coleraine Showgrounds
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has kicked off his preparations for next season by signing striker Cathair Friel on a thee-year deal.
 
Friel, 28, arrives at The Showgrounds after spending the last four months at Carrick Rangers from whom he made the switch following a five-year spell at Ballymena United.
 
Prior to that Friel first came to prominence with a lengthy period at Limavady United interspersed with half-a-season with Bannsiders as a teenager. Indeed, he is reuniting with Kearney who gave Friel his break with the Roesiders and then brought him to the Ballycastle Road when he made the switch there.
 
Speaking to the official club podcast, Kearney said: "I gave Cathair his debut at Limavady United and he had plenty of pace and was exciting, before taking him to Coleraine.
 
"He made the decision to leave and play games and that ultimately proved fruitful as he scored a lot of goals at Limavady United under the management of Paul Owens.
 
"He had an impressive record in the top flight with Ballymena United and I’m sure we can get the best out of him.
 
"Cathair is a local lad, he will be well known amongst our squad and he’s itching to get back on track."