Anderson hopes to sign impressive Martin in 'coming days'
Ballinamallard's possible new signing Liam Martin who scored a brace of goal against Loughgall.<<
Ballinamallard United manager Whitey Anderson expects to complete the loan signing of teenage striker Liam Martin from Sligo Rovers in the coming days as he puts the final touches to his squad ahead of the Premiership opener against Dungannon Swifts at Ferney Park on August 11.
Martin has caught the eye having featured in a number of pre-season friendlies for the Mallards and bagged two goals on Tuesday night in the 4-1 win over Loughgall at Ferney Park. Anderson feels that Martin will be a great addition to the squad and will add to the competition for places.
"We're confident that we will complete his loan deal, we're just waiting on the paperwork being completed. He is a player that Sligo Rover rate very highly and him coming to us will benefit both clubs. He is only 18 years old and he has a lot of potential and can play down the left hand side, as a striker or in a three. Liam is pacy, he works hard and has a great attitude and will add to the competition in the squad," said Anderson.
It is also understood that Anderson tried to bring in Johnny Lafferty but after a long season with Tyrone GAA it is believed that he wanted to take a break and will remain at Dergview.
However, Anderson is happy with the make up of his squad and feels that there is strong competition in all areas.
"We're probably going to have a squad of 20 or 21 players and there is serious competition for places all over the pitch and expecially through the spine of the team. They all want to be part of it and they have all shown that during pre-seaon so it is not going to be an easy task to pick a team for the first game of the season," he stated.
On Tuesday night the Mallards netted four second half goals and the Blues boss felt it was a good run out for his squad.
"It was a great work out and I would like to thank Loughgall for coming down despite being without a couple of players. I thought in the first half we were tremendous and we created a number of good chances but their goalkeeper was outstanding. We then got sloppy and conceded but in the second half we changed things around and managed to score a number of good goals. There is a lot of postives we can take out of the game," said Anderson.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 02 Aug 12