McAuley praises facilities at The Cliff

GARETH McAuley was back in his home town of Larne this week to attend the official opening of The Cliff sports facility, writes John Gillespie.

The Northern Ireland defender, who recently agreed a deal to sign for Premiership club West Brom for next season, was full of praise for the £2.3 million state-of-the-art complex at Seacourt which boasts a floodlit third-generation pitch.

The Cliff was officially opened by special guest Mickey Harte, manager of Tyrone GAA. Other speakers at the event included Larne FC manager Paul Millar, local politicians, Sport NI chief executive Eamonn McCartan and The Cliff chairman, Bertie Shaw.

Speaking exclusively to the Larne Times McAuley said: “Things are changing around Larne and we’re starting to get the facilities and the funding and it’s a big thing for the local area.

“When I was growing up here we had nothing like this. Last year I was privileged enough to be at the High School for the opening of the pitch at Greenland and this facility is another great asset for the town.”

Read the full story in this week’s Larne Times