Ports move to seal deal for winger

Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Paul McElroy could prove the only addition to the Portadown squad during the January transfer window.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City winger recently joined the Ports from Linfield and is eligible to make his debut at Shamrock Park on Monday against Institute.

Ports boss Ronnie McFall has highlighted the left flank as an area of concern since the summer and attempts to snap up McElroy ended in frustration during the close-season window as a result of budget restrictions.

However, McFall was quick to move once made aware of McElroy’s January availability.

“Emmet Friars moved basically on the last day of the summer transfer window so we did not have the funds to sign anyone else,” said the Ports boss. “Paul came in on trial during the summer and is versatile, capable of playing any position along the left or even in the centre and off a striker.

“It will prove our only piece of business unless we lose a player to free up space in the budget.”

It is understood that one option may prove a defensive addition due to Keith O’Hara’s ongoing hip injury.

“We cannot put a timeline on Keith’s return at the minute,” said McFall. “We certainly miss his leadership and experience but I have belief in the squad’s mental strength for the second half of the season.”

Portadown meet Institute at Shamrock Park on Monday from 7.45.