Ballinamallard United manager Harry McConkey has moved to further strengthen his attacking options ahead of the new Bluefin Sport Championship season by signing Ryan Mayse and tying down Darragh McBrien. 

Mayse, who finished last season on loan at Ferney Park, has agreed a one year contract at the club while McBrien, who had attracted the interest of Premiership outfit Cliftonville earlier this week, has signed a new deal with the Mallards.

McConkey was understandably delighted with both bits of business.

Harry said "I m delighted to confirm that Ryan Mayse has agreed terms on a one year contract despite strong  interest from Carrick Rangers in the IPL.Maysie, a former favouriite at the Mallards, came back to us in January but only on loan from David Jeffreys Ballymena Utd. He now is permenantly back in the fold much to the delight of staff players and supporters.

Mayse is currently recovering from a hamstring injury picked up in a friendly against Enniskillen Rangers several weeks ago but McConkey believes that he will be big addition when he is up and running.

"I  know a fit and flying Ryan Mayse in our front line will cause problems for any defence. He was only really beginning to find his feet with us when Covid-19 arrived and now he feels he wants to show the Ferney faithful the real Maysie," said McConkey.

However Mayse may well have to fight for his place in that frontline after the eye catching performances of youngster Darragh McBrien in the recent pre season friendlies .

McBrien was very impressive last Saturday against Cliftonville and it was no surprise that he caught the eye of Cliftonville manager Paddy Mc Laughlin and his coaches.

"Paddy called me this week seeking permission  to speak to  Darragh, which of course I granted.  Paddy was extremely keen to capture Darragh's signature and did all he could to entice him to Solitude," said the Ducks manager.

He added: "However after a discussion on Thursday evening between myself, Darragh and his Dad Vincent I can confirm Darragh felt he wanted to commit to the Mallards, gain ing valuable game time at this stage of his development and has signed a new contract. He is excited about helping the club in our challenge for the season ahead.
"Darragh Mc Brien is  a wonderful talent and a  real game changer.His power pace and execution of his finish are of a  very high standard. We know he will get our supporters off their seats at Ferney Park, thats for sure."