Navid Nasseri arrives at Inver Park, as Marty Donnelly departs

Aug 16, 2021 | Archive

We are delighted to announce the signing of Navid Nasseri from Linfield, with the transfer also seeing Marty Donnelly move in the opposite direction.

Navid (pictured above with chairman Gareth Clements) arrives at the club having spent a year apiece at Glentoran and Linfield, where he has collected a Danske Bank Premiership title and two Irish Cup winners medals in his seasons in the Irish League.

Ahead of arriving in Northern Ireland, Navid began his footballing journey with Manchester United’s academy, before senior stints with Gillingham and Swedish side Syrianska.

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper at Inver Park ahead of this third consecutive Irish League season, eager to get started with the Invermen.

He said: “The ambitions of the club, as well as the developments there has been here on and off the pitch is exciting.

“The brand of football played here is great and hopefully I can play my part in bringing more success to the club.

“The club have done brilliantly in Europe and there are obviously exciting times ahead here.

“I just can’t wait to start training with the boys and to play in front of the fans at Inver Park.”

Boss Tiernan Lynch is also delighted to attacker to his ranks ahead of the season opener against Coleraine, on Friday 27th August.

“Navid is obviously a player known to us for some time and we are delighted to bring him to the club,” Lynch said.

“He is technically a very good player and someone we feel should add to the quality already at the club, in the attacking area of the pitch.

“Our fans have seen him play for the last two seasons and I have no doubt they will be delighted to see him a red jersey from now on.”

Lynch was also keen to pay tribute to the departing Marty Donnelly, who joined the club in January 2018 from Cliftonville.

In the last three and half years he has been a mainstay of the team which has progressed from the Championship to 4th place in the Premiership.

The 32-year-old has had a number of memorable moments in a Larne shirt, including scoring a penalty in the shoot-out victory which clinched the County Antrim Shield in December last year, the club’s first senior trophy in 33 years.

Donnelly was also instrumental in helping secure European football for the first time in the club’s history. His stoppage time winner in the play-off semi-final against Glenavon clinching a place in the decider against his former side Cliftonville, which the Invermen won 3-1.

“Marty Donnelly’s record since signing for this club is there for all to see,” Tiernan added.

“He has been outstanding for us and I want to thank him for the part he played in the journey of the club up to this point.

“He leaves with our thanks and sincere best wishes, and I know I speak for the management, players and supporters in that regard.”


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