Murray Signs For Town
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
WARRENPOINT Town have highlighted their Irish Premiership ambitions by signing Darren Murray - one of the top strikers to play in the Premiership over the past few years.
Last week the 25-year-old, who formerly turned out for Newry Town, Portadown and most recently Cliftonville, signed a pre-contract agreement with the Seaside club.
The tall marksman cannot play in the present season but will be ready for action in August when hopefully Warrenpoint Town will have the likes of Linfield, Crusaders, Cliftonville and Glentoran visiting Milltown in the Premiership.
It's a tremendous scoop for Town boss Matthew Tipton and assistant manager David Miskelly, the latter who played with Murray at Portadown and had a big say in persuading Murray to come to Warrenpoint.
On bringing in the striker, Tipton said: "I'm so excited, I can't put it into words. Darren is one of the top three or four strikers in the country. It's a big statement for this football club to bring in someone of Darren's calibre and I'll be delighted to manage someone of his ability.
“I think it shows the players who are here that we are serious when, or if, we go up. We are not counting our chickens but when players of Darren's calibre come along you have to strike when you can. I knew there were plenty of other clubs in for him and I knew Darren wanted to get something done quite quickly. We've gone in and done a deal.
“I think this will show the boys we are really serious about going to the Premier League. And we are not going in just to make up the numbers. We think we have a chance of doing something. It's not that we're struggling for goals as we have Stephen Murray and Conor McMenamin. But if you can improve, why not?"
Murray himself spoke to the Democrat on his move saying: "I'm buzzing and I can't wait to start playing for Warrenpoint. August seems a long time away."
The tall striker who looks leaner than when he played for Newry Town a few years ago continued: "At present I'm playing for Crumlin Star in the Belfast League. I'm flat out training but I intend to be in even better shape when next season comes along."
Anyway with Darren Murray in the Town front line, along with the likes of his namesake Stephen, plus Conor McMenamin, Curtis Dempster, Philly Donnelly and John McGuigan etc., the Seasiders will have an abundance of riches that will no doubt be the envy of next season's Premier sides.
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