O'Grady set for fresh challenge in Irish League
FORMER SLIGO Rovers captain, Conor O'Grady, is expected to make his debut for Irish League side, Ballinamallard, in Saturday's opening League game at home to local rivals, Dungannon Swifts.
The midfielder joins fellow Sligomen, Steve Feeney and Jason McCartney, at the Ulster club and is looking forward to a fresh challenge in his career.
'The opportunity to join Ballinamallard came out of the blue', he explains. 'I trained with them for a few weeks and was very impressed with the set-up there, the ground and the whole structure of the club'
Ballinamallard, who are based just four miles outside Enniskillen, stormed their way up through the junior ranks in Northern Ireland and won promotion to the Premier division in the Irish League for the first time in their history at the end of last season.
'It's an historic time for the club and everybody is looking forward to what should be a very exciting season', says O'Grady, who is a soccer columnist with The Sligo Champion
'On a personal level, it's great to have a new challenge at this stage of my career. I've played all my football in the League of Ireland so I'm really looking forward to getting a chance to play in the Irish League. It will be interesting to play against the top teams in the North and to play at stadiums like Windsor Park. Ballinamallard are determined to make their mark at this level of football for the first time in their history and I'm delighted to be part of all that'