Experienced defender Watson arrives at Inver

Jun 3, 2019 | Archive

DEFENDER Albert Watson has put pen to paper on a contract at Inver Park to become the club’s second addition of the summer.

The 33-year-old arrives at the club after spending the second half of last season at Ballymena United.

He also has two Premiership winners medals under his belt from his time at Linfield, before his career took him to full-time spells with FC Edmonton and KR Reykjavík, in Iceland.

Having made his debut for Ballymena the first time around at the age of 16, he needs no introduction to the Irish League.

Explaining how the move came about, Albert said: “I had another year left on my contract at KR, but I was training at the end of 2018 with Larne, which Tiernan was good enough to let me do, and it started from there.

“My wife didn’t really like life off the pitch when I was at KR and it came about that we decided to move home.

“My time at Ballymena showed me the level of the Irish League again and reminded me of how much I had missed it.

“We have a massive pre-season ahead here at Larne and there’s so much quality around the squad already and whatever the manager adds over the summer.

“It’s a step up from the Championship where the club has been, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.

“There’s no pressure on us, but you compete to win things and I know everyone will have that mindset.”

Manager Tiernan Lynch was delighted to finally get his man and knows what to expect from his new addition.

“With having Albert here to train with us either side of Christmas it gave us a good look his professionalism and it was superb.

“He was eager to push himself, improve himself and slotted in straight away – and that was even before he was a signed player.

“He’ll bring us that experience and leadership and maybe something that we were missing at times last season.”

Check the club’s social media feeds for a full interview with Albert.

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