Portadown striker Gary Twigg agrees move to Coleraine

Gary Twigg joins Coleraine from Portadown
Striker Gary Twigg joins Coleraine from Portadown

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has moved to strengthen his striking options with the addition of forward Gary Twigg.

Glaswegian Twigg, 32, who has been at Portadown for the past three and a half years, has signed a one-year deal with the option of a second.

"Gary's record speaks for itself, he has scored goals wherever he has played," said Kearney.

"He is a goal scorer who has the knack of being in the right place at the right time to grab a goal."

"Last season our defensive record was up there with the rest of the top six but we were about 15-20 goals behind the other teams in goals scored. Gary has the quality for us to close that gap.

"His experience will be invaluable to our young players too, the likes of Brad Lyons, Jamie McGonigle, Rodney Brown and James McLaughlin will learn so much from Gary," added the Bannisders manager.

Former Shamrock Rovers player Twigg had initially been linked with a move to Ballymena United, but that deal fell through.

Portadown, who will start the new campaign with a 12-point deduction for a player registration breach, have lost several key players in recent months, including Michael Gault, Chris Ramsey, Ross Redman, Marcio Soares and Jordan Lyttle.

Coleraine finished fifth in the Premiership last season and had already added defender Gareth McConaghie to their squad.

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