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Tuesday 08 Jun 2021
NI striker Shayne Lavery joins Blackpool

Northern Ireland striker Shayne Lavery has joined Blackpool FC on a two-year deal.

The 22-year-old frontman joins the Championship new boys from Linfield and has the option of a further 12 months.

Lavery, who has seven international caps to his name, scored 30 goals for the Blues in the season just gone, helping David Healy’s men to the Premiership crown as well as the Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup.

In May he created history by becoming the first player to be named the Ulster Footballer of the Year and Young Player of the Year in the same season.

“I’m very excited. Blackpool’s a massive club and I’m glad to get the deal done. I feel like I’ve proved myself back home this season and I’m now looking to test myself at the next level,” he told the club’s website.

“I had mixed emotions last week lifting the league and cup with Linfield, knowing in the back of my head that I’d be moving on, but I’ve loved my time there and I’m very grateful for everything they’ve done for me.

“I’m now joining a Blackpool team that has played well all season, and it was amazing to see them become one of the three teams promoted. I watched the play-off final myself, and I’m just excited to come and play for the Blackpool fans in the Championship now.”