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Former Dundalk FC title winner to join Linfield


Caoimhín Reilly


Caoimhín Reilly



Former Dundalk FC title winner to join Linfield

Kurtis Byrne in action for Dundalk FC. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)

Former Dundalk FC title-winner Kurtis Byrne is to join Linfield.

The striker, who spent three-seasons with Dundalk between 2013-15, will officially become a member of David Healy's squad on January, 1. He has signed an 18-month contract with the Blues.

Byrne had been linked with a move to Sligo Rovers having spent last season with St. Patrick's Athletic. However, the former Ross County man has instead penned a deal with the Windsor Park men.

A popular member of Stephen Kenny's side during his time at Dundalk, Byrne left to join Bohemians in 2016 after falling down the pecking order. There he enjoyed a strong season which ultimately led to Liam Buckley snapping him up for St. Pat's.

Speaking to Linfield's club website upon the announcement, manager Healy said: "I'm delighted Kurtis has agreed to come and sign for us. There was quite a lot of interest in him from League of Ireland clubs and having seen him play last season for St.Pats, we feel he will be a really good addition to our forward line.

"He's a good age for a striker at 27 and he comes with a lot of experience gained at Dundalk, Bohemians and St Pats, as well as at Hibs in Scotland.

"He's technically very good and what's particularly pleasing, having spoken to him at length, is that he really wants to come and play here.

"I'm really looking forward to working with him once he joins the squad and I know our supporters will give him a warm welcome once he comes onboard.

"I can assure our supporters that I will continue to search for other quality players who will strengthen our squad and increase the competition levels within our squad," he added.