FOOTBALL: Michael McCrudden signs for Ballinamallard

Former Institute midfielder, Michael McCrudden has signed for Ballinamallard. Picture by Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.com
Former Institute midfielder, Michael McCrudden has signed for Ballinamallard. Picture by Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.com

FORMER Institute FC midfielder, Michael McCrudden has ensured he will be plying his trade in the Irish Premiership once again next season having signed for Ballinamallard United.

The Top of the Hill man will join up with his ex-Institute teammate, Robbie Hume who signed for the Co. Fermanagh club recently.

McCrudden (23), whose campaign was disrupted by injury, still managed to score twice against Whitey Anderson’s side last season, once in the 3-2 away win at Ferney Park last September and once again in the 1-1 draw at Riverside Stadium last February.

In fact McCrudden’s only other goal last season for relegated Institute, came in the Irish Cup defeat to Carrick Rangers on February 7th.

The former Newcastle United trainee and N. Ireland schoolboy international becomes Anderson’s fourth signing since the end of the 2014/15 Irish League campaign, following in the footsteps of Hume, Shane McCabe and Aaron Patterson.

And the Ballinamallard boss was delighted to announce McCrudden’s arrival.

“I am delighted to obtain the signature of Michael McCrudden,” said Anderson. “He is another exciting young talent who had a frustrating time with injury last season but who showed enough of the potential to reproduce the quality which made him Championship ‘Player of the Year’ just over a year ago.

“I met Michael at the club last week,” he revealed. “He was very impressed with the set-up and showed great enthusiasm to come here.

“He made his decision over the weekend and I know that the supporters are going to enjoy watching him perform at Ferney Park.

“He is technically gifted, is both a playmaker and goalscorer and simply wants to advance his career. Michael comes across as a very level headed young man and without doubt he will fit in at Ferney Park with ease next season.”