Crusaders sign striker Adam Lecky from Ballymena United on a three-year deal

Adam Lecky
Lecky trained with his new Crusaders team-mates on Thursday night

Crusaders have signed striker Adam Lecky from Ballymena United.

The former Ballinamallard United man has signed a three-year contract with the north Belfast outfit.

Crusaders forward Paul McElroy, signed from Dungannon Swifts last summer, has moved to the Sky Blues as part of a swap deal.

"We are thrilled and delighted obviously to get a player of Adam's quality to come here," said Crues boss Stephen Baxter.

"He has proven at the highest level the calibre of player that he is and he is a handful for any defence. We have brought Adam here to score goals and we have a lot of quality players who will provide that service to him."

Lecky, who played a leading role when Ballymena finished second in the Irish Premiership in 2018-19, was a transfer target for Glentoran in January.

He joined David Jeffrey's Ballymena side in the summer of 2018 after a spell living and working in Australia.

"It all happened very quickly and I am looking forward now to getting stuck in and working my way into the team and helping them to do well," Lecky said.

"I feel I am at the right age now to join a big club like Crusaders and push on to win trophies."

Ballymena have also signed centre-half Ciaran Kelly on loan from League of Ireland side Bohemians.

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