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Contract

Carson Commits

COLERAINE FC is delighted to announce that Josh Carson has signed a contract extension with the club…

The 27-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a two-year contract extension that ties him down until the end of the 2022/23 season.

The Northern Ireland international joined the club in 2017 and has made 116 appearances to date, scoring 19 times in the process.

Carson has lifted the BetMcLean League Cup during his time at The Showgrounds, as well as competing in the Europa League against the likes of FK Haugesund, Spartak Subotica and NK Maribor.

Stripes boss Oran Kearney spoke of his delight at the news.

“I’m delighted for Josh as he is one of the best fellas you could work with and I’m really looking forward to seeing him push on in the next few years,” he said.

“He brings a high level of quality and different attributes that really helps us and he’s been a massive part of our success in recent years.

“Josh has gone into left-back in recent games and he’s played there like he’s been a full-back all of his career and it’s a testament as you don’t get players who are that versatile.

“He is a popular member of the changing room and we are all pleased he is staying.”

Carson – who had cross channel experience with Ipswich Town and York City – insists he has enjoyed his time on the Ballycastle Road so far.

“I am buzzing to stay and the decision was a no brainer,” he added.

“Despite the loss against Ballymena United, we have bounced back well and had a good run in Europe, so things are definitely going in the right direction.

“We have had a couple of injuries and Aaron Traynor has suffered a knock, so I’ve been happy to step in there as I want to be playing and I will be asking for a bonus after the clean sheet against Portadown!

“It has been a fantastic three years with the Irish Cup and League Cup success but I don’t want to stop there as I believe we have strengthened well and can challenge for more silverware.”