INSTITUTE: Boss delighted to have signed attacking duo

Institute manager Kevin Deery is delighted to have signed Michael McCrudden and Oisin McMenamin.
Institute's Michael McCrudden. Picture by Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.comInstitute's Michael McCrudden. Picture by Lorcan Doherty/
Institute's Michael McCrudden. Picture by Lorcan Doherty/

The duo signed on Monday and trained with the squad that night.

McCrudden who returns to Drumahoe after a short spell at Ballinamallard United, while McMenamin is a former Finn Harps striker, who performed well in a recent Stute friendly.

“Mickey is a big signing for us,” said Deery.

“I think the last time Mickey was in the Championships with Institute, he was arguably their best player, so I’m delighted to have got him.

“Mickey is a quality player and it was unfortunate for him that things just didn’t work out at Ballinamallard but because of that it’s great for us.

“I feel we are a bit light offensively, if people look at our league record we have the best defensive record in the division, but our problem has been the goals for column, so that’s the reason why we were firmly focused on getting attacking players.

“I feel they are two really good additions and it will give the whole club a wee lift.”

The Stute gaffer also felt the departure of Garbhan Friel meant he had to work doubly hard to get attacking options signed before Monday’s transfer deadline, so to get two new attacking options thrilled the ex-Derry City skipper.

“I definitely felt we needed at least one more signing up front before Garbhan decided to go, so I’m delighted to have added two new signings.

“Young Oisin is a pacey striker, who was with Finn Harps for a while and also played with Letterkenny Rovers in the Ulster Senior League, he has an eye for goal and will give us another option.

“He has been working in Limerick and he finishes up in the next few weeks, so we were hesitant about what to do, but it would have been foolish not to have taken him because it might take a while for his international clearance to come through.

“I remember Oisin from my short spell at Letterkenny Rovers and he was the best player in the Ulster Senior League, but he got work in Limerick and has been playing with a top amateur side there, but I’m happy to have signed him.

“He’ll give us something which we need, which is pace and he’s at a good age now where he’ll have a bit to prove as well.”