FIRST TEAM COACH, Tim McCann has signed as a player for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.
The Inver Reds sealed the Bluefin Sport Championship title with six games to spare, and Manager, Tiernan Lynch has decided to reward Tim McCann with a short term playing contract.
It is well known that McCann, who starred for Cliftonville and Glentoran in a glittering playing career, regularly joins in with first team training and it was these performances which influenced Lynch’s decision.
Tiernan Lynch explained, “It came about on training on Thursday. We were a mannequin short, and we brought him in as a mannequin. He did really, really well; probably the best we’ve seen him move, so from that performance I thought it was only right we put him onto paper.”
It is one thing joining in with training, but the Larne Manager was confident his new signing would reach match fitness quickly, “He’s carrying a little bit of weight but he has assured me that he’ll lose that over the next couple of weeks.
“We’ve put him on a very strict diet. He’s not allowed sausage rolls in the morning anymore. He assured me he’s going to stay off that and stay off the alcohol. He tells me by the end of April, he’ll be beating Marty Donnelly in a sprint.”
In Tim McCann’s heyday, he was known as a flying winger, but Lynch has revealed that Tim has had to adapt his game to prolong his career, “I think he’ll see himself as a centre forward. He says he will definitely be the one that will break down that defensive line.
“He feels that Davy (McDaid) has been struggling a little bit up front at the moment so Tim sees himself as stepping in there and giving Davy a hand.
“The other big thing is from set pieces as well. Some of the boys felt that with the size of his head, that’ll give us something to pick out from set pieces.
“I’m very confident it’ll go well and he’s assured me he won’t let me down and I’m going to take him at his word.
Larne host Portadown this Saturday in the Bluefin Sport Championship at 3pm. The Inver Reds will be presented with the trophy after the game, but the big question is, will Tim McCann make the squad?