WE are delighted to announce that Fuad Sule has signed a two-year contract extension at the club, which will see him remain at Inver Park until the end of the 2022/23 season.
The 23-year-old midfielder arrived at the club two years ago, initially on loan from National League side Barnet.
His loan became a permanent deal in January 2019, as he played an instrumental part in that season’s Bluefin Sport Championship-winning side.
His importance to the side was further underlined during last year’s Danske Bank Premiership return, winning the Inver Red & Whites’ Player of the Year Accolade, as an important cog in the Larne midfield.
First team manager Tiernan Lynch spoke of his delighted at seeing Fuad extend his stay at the club.
“Fuad was already contracted until next summer but it is a sign of the faith we have in him and his progress at the club that we wanted to ensure his stay is even longer than that,” he said.
“Fuad signing the new contract is also a great sign of faith on his behalf as well, showing that he really believes in what we’re doing.
“We have no doubt that other clubs would have been very interested in him if his contract was to run into its last six months, so this gives everyone certainly and allows us to press on.
“Along with a new contract for Tomas Cosgrove in March and others before him it shows the importance of tying down our best young players and allowing us to build for both now and the future.”
Fuad, who played for both St Pats and Bohemians before his move to Barnet, is also delighted to have committed his future with the club.
He said: “Since I have been here from day one the club have looked after me.
“The love and care they have shown me, from the fans to the manager, the owner and my team-mates has been unreal.
“The club told me they see me playing a massive part in bringing European football and trophies to Larne, our ambitions are aligned so I wanted to be a part of that.
“We have a great dressing room, unbelievable players and a great owner who is backing us. The infrastructure and facilities here are at the level you’d find in the Championship in England and there’s more to come so if something isn’t broke why try and fix it is what my thinking was behind it all.
“I didn’t see myself playing for anybody else on this whole island!
“Now that my future is settled I am hungrier than ever and I can now focus on Larne and taking my game to the next level here by improving every day and listening to what the coaching staff are saying to me, because I’m not the finished article.
“Hopefully together we can make history – the fans, staff and players as one.”
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