Glenavon has signed James Carroll and Barney McKeown following the expiry of their contracts with Loughgall and Newry City respectively.

Carroll, who is 24 years old, was born in Drogheda and represented the Republic of Ireland at under-18 international level. He started his career at Dundalk. Following spells with Wexford and Glebe North, he joined Warrenpoint Town. In 2022-23, consistent performances at Milltown helped the County Down men to finish runner-up in the Championship and earned James a move to Lakeview Park.

McKeown, who is 22 years old, was a Northern Ireland Schools’ international. He put pen to paper for Everton but was not retained by the Goodison Park club. Subsequently he joined Newry City and spent two seasons at Shamrock Park. Last summer he returned to the Newry Showgrounds. He has twice been “Player of the Season” at his club in the last three years. Thanks to David Campbell Sports Management for their cooperation in concluding this deal.

“I am delighted that James and Barney have agreed to join us,” said Glenavon manager Stephen McDonnell. “Both lads can play in midfield, but I think they are at their best in the centre of defence. They are tall, strong and very aggressive. I see them as complimenting Mark Haughey and Calum Birney. They are still young and are capable of maturing into even better players than they are now.”