Carrick's David McAlinden agrees return to Cliftonville

David McAlinden
David McAlinden had a previous three-year spell at the Solitude club

Cliftonville have signed Carrick Rangers defender David McAlinden.

The defender, 28, had a previous three-year spell at the Solitude club from 2006 to 2009 and he has signed a contract until the end of this season.

"I'm delighted to be a Cliftonville player again. I had been close to coming back a couple of times in the past ," said McAlinden.

He played on the Cliftonville team that achieved the club's first ever win in a European tie in 2007.

That was when FC Dinaburg of Latvia were dismissed from the InterToto Cup and chairman Gerard Lawlor was delighted to confirm McAlinden's return to Solitude.

"Anybody who knows Irish League football can tell you how much this club means to David McAlinden," said the Reds chairman.

"He was a real favourite here before and it's wonderful to have him back.

"I had been very near to having him signed up to return in the past but, for one reason or another, things just didn't work out.

"I'm very pleased that everything is done and dusted this time."