Coleman comes in as Watson completes January signings

Former Annagh United defender Chris Coleman was Town's last signing of the transfer window. INPT52-623.
Former Annagh United defender Chris Coleman was Town's last signing of the transfer window. INPT52-623.

Former Portadown and Annagh United defender Chris Coleman was Banbridge Town’s final signing of the January transfer window.

The 24 year-old defender made his Town debut off the bench in the closing minutes of the club’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Sport and Leisure Swifts on Saturday afternoon.

Boss Watson was more than pleased to add Coleman to his defensive options.

“He’s a strong player and is now just waiting on his chance to get in,” said the Town boss, whose squad is now showing some strength in depth.

“It’s an area that we wanted to strengthen/ He can played right back or centre-back and is a really welcome fresh face.”

Coleman began his career at Portadown and even made a cameo appearance away in European competition against Azerbaijan side Qarabağ.

He then went off on loan to Championship One side Loughgall before joining Annagh United

He then joined Colin Malone’s Lurgan Celtic in January last year in search of first team football.

Coleman was rumoured to be rejoining Annagh United or dropping to the Amateur League with Dromara Village before Watson swooped in to further bolster his defensive options.

Also signed for Town during the January window wasveteran defender John Murphy, who played so impressively in his first start for the club on Saturday.

Midfielder Ryan Evans, meanwhile, has seemed like a new recruit after putting his injury worries behind him to finally take to the pitch for the first time this season.

As Town’s injury and suspension worries also begin to clear up, Watson’s squad is looking stronger than it has all season, and just in time for the league run-in.