Four Crusaders players sign contract extensions

Declan Caddell of Crusaders
Declan Caddell missed the start of the league campaign because of a foot injury

Champions Crusaders go into Saturday's clash against Glentoran boosted by the news that four established players have agreed contract extensions.

Midfielders Declan Caddell, Matthew Snoddy and Richard Clarke and defender Craig McClean have signed deals to keep them at Seaview until May 2019.

Leaders Crusaders go into the Glens game three points clear of Linfield.

It will be Glentoran's first match under new manager Alan Kernaghan, the former Republic of Ireland defender.

Kernaghan, 48, took over at the Oval after the dismissal of Eddie Patterson, and will be hoping to see his side stretch their five-match unbeaten run in the Premiership.

"It is a difficult one to start with, but they are all difficult," said the former Manchester City defender.

"It is tough, but not impossible and we will be approaching it in a positive manner."

Crusaders' 1-0 victory at Linfield was their third successive league win and extended their unbeaten run in the Premiership to 14 games, their only defeat being by Portadown on the opening day of the season.

Second-placed Linfield will attempt to to recover from their first league defeat in eight when they take on Cliftonville who are just two points behind the Blues in third.

The sides drew 3-3 at Solitude earlier in the season, but David Healy saw his men win 3-1 after-extra-time in their most recent meeting in the County Antrim Shield.

"Last Saturday was disappointing and we are looking for a better performance and result against Cliftonville," said former Northern Ireland striker Healy.

"The quality is certainly there in the dressing room and we need the players to start believing.

"We are the biggest club on the island but we are not the best team at the minute."

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Kick-offs 15:00, live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster

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