Ramsey out to end Ports career with cup success

Chris Ramsey. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Chris Ramsey. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Chris Ramsey confirmed his summer commitment to Cliftonville this week - but is aiming to sign off on six years at Shamrock Park with Irish Cup glory.

The versatile defender has agreed a switch to the Belfast side on a three-year deal once his current contract expires at Portadown.

Ramsey is adamant his focus will remain on life with the Ports until a final appearance for the club.

“I will continue to do my best for Portadown,” said Ramsey. “I am sorry to leave Portadown after six years and am just now hoping I can finish with a trophy.

“We have come close but it hasn’t happened and now is the last chance.

“I will not change my approach with Portadown as long as I remain a player at the club.

“I can make that promise as it is about staying professional.

“There is more motivation than ever to win a trophy and we go into the weekend quarter-final with Lurgan Celtic determined to go all the way in the Irish Cup.”

Ramsey had offers from Cliftonville and Crusaders but opted for the former based on discussions over his role.

“I have always accepted it is my job to serve the club in the best possible way, no matter what position,” said Ramsey. “I have played centre-back, right-back and midfield in my time here and done my best as that utility player.

“In recent games I have been playing right-back but that allowed Chris Casement to get forward and also having me on one side as a more defensive player gave Ross Redman a chance to advance along the left.

“However, in talks with Cliftonville it was made clear they see me as a centre-back, my main position.

“I also look back at Cliftonville’s recent trophy haul and how they have been consistent challengers.

“It will be a good move for me in the summer for those reasons but also the uncertainty over the future at Portadown and who is going to be manager played a part.”

Ramsey and Michael Gault have both signed pre-contract agreements - with Darren Murray, Billy Brennan and Shea Conaty all departing in the January transfer window.